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Accused San Francisco Dog Killer Remains Behind Bars After Making Court Appearance

Updated on March 18, 2018
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Dunky, a 5-year-old Chihuahua, was killed after being thrown from a high-rise parking garage in San Francisco.
Dunky, a 5-year-old Chihuahua, was killed after being thrown from a high-rise parking garage in San Francisco. | Source

Authorities Say Suspect Threw Dog From Seventh Floor Of A Parking Garage

An alleged dog killer remains behind bars after pleading not guilty to charges he threw a dog to its death from a high-rise parking garage in San Francisco.

Wakeen Best is being held without bail on a separate felony parole charge after appearing in court March 13 and entering not guilty pleas to auto burglary, animal cruelty and vandalism charges.

Authorities say during the afternoon of Feb. 10 Best broke into a car parked on the seventh floor of the structure near San Francisco’s Union Square. Inside the car was a 5-year-old Chihuahua, and according to investigators, Best hurled the little dog off the garage.

When officers arrived at the scene they found the dog’s owner with his dead dog on the sidewalk below. The owner, who has not been named by police, told officers his car had been broken into, leading him to believe his dog, which he had left in the locked car, escaped during the burglary and ran off the edge of the garage.


Police Found Blood Trail From Burglarized Car

But police found a blood trail leading to a ledge where the dog, named Dunky, was apparently thrown onto the street below. They also checked the dash camera footage of the man’s car, which captured the suspect on video and audio during the break-in.

“Officers immediately recognized the suspect from prior contacts and set out to arrest him,” police said in a release


Dunky in a picture provided by the family and released trough the San Francisco Police Department.
Dunky in a picture provided by the family and released trough the San Francisco Police Department.

Newspaper: Suspect Arrested Dozens Of Times Before

Indeed, The San Francisco Chronicle reports the 35-year-old Best has been arrested and convicted dozens of times over the past 15 years, but has hardly ever served more than a few weeks in jail. The newspaper says Best has been arrested 40 times, with his longest period in jail being a year’s sentence he received in 2011 for transporting and selling methamphetamine.



Dunky, in a photo provided by its family, and released by The San Francisco Police Department.
Dunky, in a photo provided by its family, and released by The San Francisco Police Department.

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