Nov 14, 2009 Pit Bull Used as Weapon

PEORIA – A large "pit bull type" dog was used as a weapon Friday morning, ultimately getting its 29-year-old owner arrested for aggravated assault.

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Nov 13, 2009 Pit bull shot during drug raid

Alton - Authorities from several law enforcement agencies raided a Marie Street home Friday morning, carrying out a drug-related search warrant and fatally shooting a pit bull terrier.

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Nov 11, 2009 Daily Record

Mt. Vernon – Wednesday at 7:53 a.m., police responded to a report of a vicious dog in the 300 South First Street. A resident reported a pit bull growling when he or she opened the door, according to reports. The animal warden was called to the residence, according to reports.

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Nov 5, 2009 Police shoot 2 pit bulls tazer third

ALTON - A 22-year-old is facing multiple charges following an incident on the city's East End earlier this week in which police shot his two pit bulls and Tasered a third.

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9:24 AM on November 6, 2009
I love this. Earlier this summer my husband and I were at home when 2 random pit bulls without tages decided to stake out our front porch. We didn't so anything at first because we thought they would go away. Wel, we had somewhere to be and my husband went to load up our car only to have one of the dogs run after him and tried to run inside our house. At that point they were being very aggressive. We called the cops (as did several neighbors) and they said there was nothing they could do since it was the weekend. The city will not call animal control because then they would have to pay them over time. What a joke! So, they we basically said that until the dogs attack us when we go outside they won't do anything. I see now that if the officer feels threatened THEN it is ok to do something.