Ranger uses electric shock on man walking dogs off leash

February 1, 2012

A ranger shot a man on Sunday with a stun gun who was walking his lap-dogs off leash in a federal park after he tried to walk away, causing witnesses to claim the action was excessive. [SFChronicle]

Gary Hesterberg was walking his dogs off leash on Sunday at Rancho Corral de Tierra, an area that had long been an off leash dog park. In December, the park was incorporated into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area which requires leashes. Hesterberg, who was not carrying identification, allegedly gave a false name to the ranger who failed to tell him why he was being questioned.

The unidentified ranger asked Hesterberg to remain at the scene. After the ranger shot Hesterberg in the back, she called sheriff deputies who arrested Hesterberg for walking his dog without a  leash and giving false information.

A fellow dog walker, Michelle Babcock said the use of a stun gun and the arrest seemed excessive for someone walking small dogs without a leash.

“It was really scary,” said Michelle Babcock to the Chronicle. “He just tried to walk away. She never gave him a reason.”



  1. backseat_driver says:

    Another dog off a leash with a ranger but this person responded slightly differently. They hit the ranger with their car. Dont believe me, read for yourself


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  2. WiseGuy says:

    in other stun gun news, yesterday police in North Carolina used a taser to take down a woman who was holding up a line at a McDonalds drive-thru. And by “holding up”, I don’t mean robbing. I mean delaying others from buying their Big Macs and McNuggets. The woman’s 3 year old daughter got to watch the whole thing.

    True story. Hardy har har.

    I’m not saying whether it was justified or not. But I imagine there will be many who will be recommending that security guards at Wal Mart be issued stun guns to keep the customers flowing through the check out lines at a faster, more profitable pace. Then, naturally, there will be the stun gun nuts who will insist the world will be a whole lot safer if every citizen packs a stun gun.

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