If you’ve been bitten by a dog, seek immediate medical attention. Call 911 if your injury is severe.

To report a dog bite, or an aggressive animal (one that lunges or appears menacing), call the San Francisco Animal Care & Control dispatch number at 415-554-9400.

Any information you are able to provide will help us investigate your complaint. All reports are considered completely confidential and will not be shared with individuals outside of law enforcement without your permission. We ask for your contact information at the end of this report in the event we need additional information; however you may remain anonymous if you choose. Based on the information you provide, we will investigate your complaint.

About the SFPD Vicious and Dangerous Dog Unit

The Vicious and Dangerous Dog Unit (VDDU) investigates incidents involving dogs that exhibit menacing and/or aggressive behavior. The VDDU encourages the public to immediately notify police whenever a dog bites, attempts to bite, lunges or chases a person or any domestic animal so that the police may secure the scene, render aid and document the incident in a police report. These police reports will be forwarded to the VDDU who will then evaluate each incident to determine the best means to ensure public safety.

Responding police officers have the authority to impound any dog that threatens the health safety and welfare of the community. Impounded dogs are usually held in custody pending a Vicious and Dangerous Dog Hearing.

Dogs that are not impounded but have demonstrated menacing and/or aggressive behavior are also eligible for a Vicious and Dangerous Dog Hearing. Any member of the public may request a Vicious and Dangerous Dog Hearing by filling out a Complaint Of Vicious and Dangerous Dog request which may be obtained by clicking the paw below or notifying the VDDU or Animal Care and Control who would then mail the request.

The purpose of a Vicious and Dangerous Dog Hearing is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by determining which remedies would prevent the dog in question from presenting future risk to the public. Such remedies may include obedience training, muzzling, property inspection (containment of the dog) or, more often than not, educating the dog owner to make a specific change as to how the dog is controlled.

With very few exceptions, Vicious and Dangerous Dog Hearings are held on the below time:

The unit holds hearings:
When: Every Thursday
Time: 12:30 PM
Where: City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 408, San Francisco, CA 94102

V.D.D.U. SVU
850 Bryant Street, Room 500
San Francisco, CA 94103

Vicious and Dangerous Dog Complaint

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If you believe that a dog is vicious and dangerous, you can download and complete a SFPD Vicious and Dangerous Dog Complaint (PDF) and send it to the Vicious and Dangerous Dog Unit using one of the following methods.

Mail:

V.D.D.U. SVU
850 Bryant Street, Room 500
San Francisco, CA 94103

Main: (415) 553-9182
FAX: (415) 553-1963

Email: SFPDDangerousDogs@sfgov.org

Upon receipt of the completed request, you will be notified by mail of a scheduled hearing.

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