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Park ranger uses stun gun on man walking dogs

January 31, 2012 |  8:22 am

A park ranger in the Golden Gate Recreation Area in Northern California used a stun gun on a man she attempted to stop for walking his two small dogs without a leash.

Gary Hesterberg was walking his two small dogs off leash at Rancho Corral de Tierra near Montara, a coastal town south of San Francisco. He didn't have identification on him when he was stopped by the park ranger Sunday afternoon, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The ranger, whose name was being withheld by authorities, used her stun gun on Hesterberg because he continued walking despite orders to stop, Park Service spokesman Howard Levitt told the Chronicle.

The area was an off-leash dog-walking spot until December when the National Park Service took over and required all dogs to be on a leash.

Hesterberg was arrested by San Mateo County sheriff's deputies and was booked for investigation of failing to obey a lawful order.

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