Jul 29, 1990 Lawsuit: Guest Sues Landlord For Pit Bull Bite

Chicago - Marci was invited to a beer party at the home of Terry and Mike. She brought her 2-year-old son, Anthony, and her boyfriend, David. As Marci and David were preparing to leave the party, David carried Anthony into the area where Popeye was chained. As he did so, a pit bull puppy escaped from the house and Popeye lunged at the puppy. The two dogs scuffled, David put Anthony down, and Popeye lunged for the baby, biting his face and causing serious permanent injuries.

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Jul 19, 1990 Chicago Pit Bull Killed 6 Month Old Tionna Kenny

Chicago - "Yolanda Applewhite was outraged and defiant upon learning that no charges would be filed against the owner of a 55-pound pit bull that had mauled her 6- month-old daughter to death.

``I will press charges against him,`` she vowed.

The attack on Applewhite`s daughter, Tionna Kenny, occurred as she slept Wednesday night in the dog owner`s apartment. It, and another fatal attack by a mixed-breed pit bull last month in south suburban Dolton, have renewed the debate locally over the powerful dogs and how best to deal with them."

"That pit bull, which was owned by Tyrone Harding of 1339 W. 112th St., had bitten a resident of his street this year and had allegedly killed another animal. The dog was given a lethal injection Thursday.

``The animal killed another animal, had been impounded and was known in the neighborhood as a dangerous dog,`` said Randy Lockwood, vice president of the Humane Society of the United States, based in Washington, D.C. ``It should have been locked up in a cage or destroyed long ago.``
Map of Illinois Fatal Pit Bull Attacks by dogsbite.org
After living within earshot of Harding`s vicious dog, some of his neighbors said they believe that all pit bulls should be kept away from human beings.

``I love animals,`` said one neighbor who asked that her name not be printed. ``I have three cats and I had four dogs. But I feel pit bulls should not be allowed in a city.``"

"According to national statistics kept by the Humane Society, half of the 14 fatal attacks on humans, primarily children, so far this year have involved dogs that were at least part pit bull."

Back in the 1990's the Humane Society kept statistics of fatal attacks.  They have ceased attempting to be humane to children and monitor data that could improve safety to children, pets and adults.

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Jul 04, 1990 Westmont Considers `Vicious` Dog Law Targeting Pit Bull Terriers

Westmont - Westmont`s Village Board is considering passing a law aimed at the strict control of pit bull terriers and any other ``vicious`` dog.

Trustee Anthony Puccillo Jr. said that the proposed ordinance was prompted by a petition presented to the village by 13 residents who are concerned about a neighbor`s plans to adopt two pit bull terriers.

Last week, a mixed breed dog that was mostly pit bull attacked and killed a two-month-old Lansing girl asleep in the home of her grandmother in Dolton. Also last week, the owner of two pit bulls in Algonquin destroyed them shortly before a court order was issued declaring them vicious and ordering them to be taken into custody.

In November 1988, a Northern Illinois University graduate student was killed by two pit bull terriers when he entered the yard of a home he was visiting in Geneva Township in Kane County.

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