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Bum, Official Town Dog, Fractured Leg Being Treated

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Photo by Unknown, 1887

Bum, San Diego's Official Town Dog, being treated for a fractured leg from a kick by a spooked horse. He was a St. Bernard-Spaniel mix born in San Francisco in 1886. He arrived in San Diego as a stowaway on a steamboat and a fisherman gave him a place to sleep. Part of his front right foot was severed while fighting with a bulldog in a rail yard. He became a famous well-loved roving dog, bumming food from local eateries. He died in 1898 in the County Hospital. His statue is in William Heath Davis House Park in the Gaslamp Quarter.

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