Sep 23, 2009 Tom Loewy: Pit bulls serious and divisive problem

Galesburg - "The echoes from the single shot fired Sunday night on Day Street will ring out for a long time.
The incident — Galesburg Police Officer Maurice Johnson’s shooting of a pit bull named Aries — is sure to divide the community."

"Police probably hate calls involving dogs as much as any other call,” he said. “But the fact is our community has to come to grips with how we are going to enforce our laws concerning pets. This is something lurking in the shadows and it bothers me.

"We had an (earlier) incident on Pearl Street where it came to light an entire neighborhood was terrorized by dogs."

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Sep 21, 2009 Two Mt. Vernon Pit Bulls Invade Store

Mt. Vernon – An employee of Tots to Teens contacted police at 8:44 a.m. Saturday after two pit bulls entered the business through a back door that was accidentally left open. The employee went to another room and shut the door until the dogs left. The animal warden was contacted, and the dogs were picked up at the owner’s home, according to police reports.

Mt. Vernon Daily Record  Accessed: 2012-05-24. (Archived by WebCite® at

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List of Invasion Attacks
These are attacks where the dog invades a home, place of business, occupied building or securely enclosed yard expressly to attack.  Attacks in which the pit bull pulls another animal through their fence in an attempt to kill them are also considered invasion attacks.

Sep 14, 2009 Stray Pit Bulls Attack Deputies in Odell

By Sheila Shelton

Odell — A Livingston County Sheriff’s Police officer was bitten Saturday by a pit bull in Odell as he and another officer attempted to take the dogs back to their owner’s residence.
“The two officers arrived in Odell, located the dogs and were attempting to walk the dogs back to their owner’s home,” said Glowacki. “It was as this was happening that one dog jumped up and bit an officer on the arm. Then both dogs began charging the second officer.”

Glowacki said the second officer then fired his duty weapon at the dogs.

Sep 01, 2009 Police shoot aggressive dog

By Travis Morse

Freeport —Local police early Tuesday, Sept. 1, shot an aggressive stray pit bull that was reportedly attacking a smaller dog at 12 E. Iroquois St. in Freeport.

The incident occurred at around 5:25 a.m. on Tuesday. A resident of the Iroquois Street address contacted police to report that her dog was being menaced by a stray pit bull in her backyard.

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