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January 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A court commissioner has issued an emergency order for the police to hold the cellphones and a car belonging to the two brothers who survived a Christmas Day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo. The order addresses a letter sent by the city attorney's office to the lawyer for Kulbir and Paul Dhaliwal last Friday, asking him to preserve any photographs or call logs that were on the phones before the Dec. 25 maulings. A hearing has been scheduled for Friday in San Francisco Superior Court
January 6, 2008 | Tim Reiterman, Steve Chawkins and Carla Hall, Times Staff Writers
It was any zoo's worst nightmare. Shortly after 5 p.m. on Christmas Day, San Francisco Zoo Director Manuel Mollinedo received a call at home: Tigers are on the loose and somebody may have been hurt. "At first I thought it was a practical or sick joke," he recalled in an interview. "But I took it seriously and grabbed my jacket and got in the car and drove to the zoo." Soon, the gravity of the situation became all too clear.
December 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Two brothers mauled by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo have been released, according to a spokeswoman for San Francisco General Hospital. Paul Dhaliwal, 19, and Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23, had been under care with severe bite and claw wounds since the Christmas Day attacks. Hospital spokeswoman Eileen Shields said both were discharged Saturday afternoon. Police say 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr.'s neck was slashed while he was trying to scare the tiger away after it attacked Kulbir Dhaliwal.
December 29, 2007 | Charles Piller and Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writers
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Police Department on Friday released dramatic notes from police dispatchers concerning the Christmas Day tiger mauling that killed Carlos Sousa Jr., 17, and seriously injured two men -- revealing new details about the sequence of events. Police Chief Heather Fong said at a news conference outside the zoo grounds that investigators had wrapped up their examination of the zoo grounds and found no evidence that the tiger was intentionally released.
December 28, 2007 | Charles Piller and Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writers
The director of the San Francisco Zoo said Thursday that he had overstated the height of the sheer wall in the tiger grotto -- and that the tiger that killed a teenage visitor on Christmas Day may have been able to escape over the walls. Manuel Mollinedo said the height of the sheer wall in the tiger grotto was 12 1/2 feet, not 18 feet as he previously stated. Outside experts immediately questioned whether that height was adequate.
December 27, 2007 | Charles Piller and Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writers
The director of the San Francisco Zoo and the city's police chief said Wednesday that they still didn't know how a tiger managed to escape its enclosure on Christmas Day, mauling a teenager to death and seriously injuring two men. At a news conference just outside the zoo property, Director Manuel Mollinedo said he would bring in outside experts to assess the safety of the outdoor enclosures for lions and tigers.
December 27, 2007 | Jason Felch
A 45-year-old woman was mauled to death Tuesday by three roving pit bulls outside Barstow, authorities said. Kelly Lynn Caldwell was found lying unconscious with multiple dog bites at 9:30 p.m., not far from her home in Yermo, said Cindy Beavers, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. A witness told deputies that Caldwell was attacked by three loose pit bulls. As authorities treated Caldwell at the scene, the three dogs returned.
December 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A tiger that killed four people and mauled two others in the last six weeks was shot to death by police over the weekend, a forestry official in western India said. Officials had said that they would try to trap, tranquilize or drive away the tiger, which had been straying from the Tadoba-Andhari sanctuary in the western state of Maharashtra since mid-October. But after a fourth victim was killed Friday, police sharpshooters killed the animal.
November 20, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
The owner of a pit bull faces the possibility of three years in prison after her dog attacked a letter carrier, Orange County prosecutors said Monday. Sheri Moody's dog allegedly jumped into a neighbor's yard on Sept. 4 and knocked the mailman to the ground, causing a large cut to his face and an injury to his left eye, which might require reconstructive surgery. Moody, 54, was charged Monday with one felony count of allowing a vicious animal at large to cause serious bodily injury.
September 23, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A loose bull attacked a neighbor's home, tearing off siding, ripping down part of a fence and damaging a car. Wayne Johnson said he found the bull in his yard Friday morning after it had wandered in from a nearby farm. As he watched, the bull repeatedly charged his house, tore off clapboards, flipped a picnic table, rammed his car and tore down part of the fence around his swimming pool. "He was crazy," Johnson said. "The thing was ripping my house apart."
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