Pit bulls involved in violent attack on SF man euthanized

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

SAN FRANCISCO – The two pit bulls that attacked a man walking home from the gym have been euthanized, according to San Francisco Animal Control.

Pablo Rocha was having just another innocuous walk home along the streets of Alameda and Vermont on May 25 around 6 p.m. when two pit bulls took him down in a vicious attack. Officials are saying the dogs involved in the bloody affair have been euthanized.

“I just remember the noise of my bicep muscle being stretched,” Rocha recalled. “In that moment, I thought I would die, I don’t believe I would die like this, I just thought I would die,” he said as he choked up.

Rocha received 30 stitches and underwent surgery at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. 

He said during the attack, more than 20 cars stopped but no one helped. Moreover, a majority of 911 calls received by the San Francisco Police Department were reporting Rocha as a burglary suspect as he tried to climb a fence to escape the jaws of two pit bulls.

Two suspects were arrested in the attack. Hilary Flynn was charged with failure to control a dangerous dog, resisting arrest, and false impersonation.

The 39-year-old also had outstanding warrants outside the city.

San Franciscan Jesse Ali, 31, was charged with resisting arrest, harboring, concealing, or aiding another person after knowing they’ve committed a felony. Ali was released on his own recognizance with electronic monitoring and a stay-away order from Rocha. 

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.