A National Parks Service ranger who used a Taser against a Montara resident earlier this week was the subject of a previous complaint from a Coastside dog walker.
The ranger has been identified by witnesses in both instances as Sarah Cavallaro, and both instances concerned people walking dogs off-leash.
Coastside resident Larry De Young said on Wednesday the Taser incident earlier this week reminded him of a similar episode he experienced nearly two years earlier. At the time, De Young was with his wife walking their two springer spaniels at Sweeny Ridge near Pacifica when Cavallaro drove up and ordered him to keep the dogs away.
De Young leashed the dogs and Cavallaro asked both of them for identification.
"I told her she was acting like this was a felony arrest and I did not appreciate being treated like a criminal," De Young explained in an April 5, 2010 email to a National Parks Service official. "To which she replied that I was a criminal."
De Young said Cavallaro told the couple that walking dogs off-leash was a serious violation, and she wrote them a citation. De Young later fumed in a complaint to the chief ranger of the Bay Area District of the National Parks Service that the ranger he encountered needlessly exacerbated a minor issue. He also noted in the letter that he serves on the San Mateo County Mounted Patrol, adding that he should have known better and kept his dogs on a leash.
De Young said by phone Wednesday that he followed up with a phone call but ultimately thought his complaint had fallen on deaf ears. A call seeking comment from National Parks officials after hours on Wednesday was not immediately returned.
Earlier this week, Cavallaro was identified as the ranger who used an electroshock Taser weapon to subdue a dog walker at the Rancho Corral de Tierra property near Montara.On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier issued a statement saying she did not believe the use of force was warranted by the situation and called for an investigation.