Park ranger tases man with unleashed dog
A National Parks ranger zapped a northern California resident with a Taser Sunday afternoon after an argument about walking his dog without a leash in a newly added section of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
The incident occurred around 4:45 p.m. when the man was walking two dogs — one leashed — at the Rancho Corral de Tierra open space, near the southern edge of McNee Ranch State Park.
A ranger working for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area stopped the man and an argument about his off-leash dog escalated, according to the Half Moon Bay Review.
The Rancho Corral area was an off-leash dog-walking spot until December when the National Park Service took over and required all dogs to be on a leash.
The San Francisco Chronicle identified the dog walker as Gary Hesterberg, of Montara, a coastal town south of San Francisco.
The ranger, whose name was being withheld by authorities, used her stun gun on Hesterberg because he continued walking despite orders to stop, Park Service spokesman Howard Levitt told the Chronicle.
Hesterberg was arrested by San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies and was booked for investigation of failing to obey a lawful order.
According to one witness, the dog walker dared the ranger to arrest him; he was walking away when the ranger pulled out her Taser.
The man collapsed on the ground, and the ranger began shouting at him to turn over so she could handcuff him. As a crowd gathered, the man shouted out his home address so that someone could take his dogs home.
Posted by jwoestendiek February 1st, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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