Nov 16, 1988 Pit Bull Restrictions Weighed In De Kalb

De Kalb Proposal Follows Fatal Mauling Of Student

De Kalb - The City of De Kalb may restrict ownership of pit bull terriers after last week`s fatal mauling of a Northern Illinois University student by pit bulls in Kane County.

City Manager Mark Stevens told the City Council Monday that he has asked City Attorney Ron Matakaitis to research the legalities of the issue after De Kalb residents called his office voicing fears about the breed of dog.

There are 23 pit bulls registered in De Kalb County, seven in the City of De Kalb, according to Karen Grush, a De Kalb County Health Department administrator.

Last Thursday, a pit bull mauled to death Kevin Cull, 25, of 120 Gurler St., De Kalb, a master`s degree candidate in chemistry who was to graduate from NIU in December. The mauling took place in front of a house in unincorporated Geneva Township that Cull apparently was visiting.

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Nov 12, 1988 Dekalb Pit Bull Kills NIU Student Kevin Cull

"He was covered in blood," said Hatchel.  "He said he was in pain and wanted to die."

Cull was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m. at Central DuPage Hospital where he was taken by Geneva Fire Department paramedics.

Cull bled to death after an artery was severed in his arm, Randall said.  He had been bitten numerous times.

Two dogs, Sergeant and Colonel, one weighing about 90 pounds and the other about 75 pounds, were taken from the home by Rodger Stutz, Kane County animal control warden, after the attack.  They are being held at a veterinary clinic in Oswego.

John Carnahan, Cull's chemistry adviser, said Cull was an excellent student with a promising future.

He already had published three articles in professional journals and had a job offer when he graduated in December, Carnahan said.

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Nov 04, 1988 Chicago Pit Bull Attacks Narcotics Officer, Shot 4 Times

Chicago — Police officers shot an attacking pit bull four times during a drug raid Thursday in which two West Side men were arrested for cocaine possession. The dog escaped.

Terrell Harris, 20, and Michael Reed, 17, were charged withsessing $1,900 worth of cocaine and weapons violations after a raid on their home at 942 N. Hamlin St., police said.

A pit bull in the apartment attacked officer John Kotlarz, one of seven narcotics officers participating in the raid. After Kotlarz shot the dog twice, officer Joseph Cannon shot the dog twice, police said.

Though wounded, the dog escaped through the front door and ran south on Hamlin Street.

``We`ve seen them coming with six (bullets) in them,`` one police officer said.

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