May 04, 2009 Pit bull bite sends 8-year-old to hospital

CHERRY VALLEY — A pit bull bit an 8-year-old child this afternoon near East State and Van Buren streets.

The child was taken to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center as a precaution, said Cherry Valley police Sgt. Mike Neville.

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May 4, 2009 Highland Park Mulls Pit Bull Ban After Attack

Highland Park -  Mayor Michael Belsky called for a citywide ban on pit bulls today, three days after a 14-year-old girl was bitten on the face and arm, requiring hundreds of stitches, he said.

"I am very concerned about what happened," said Belsky, who said the child's injuries were not life-threatening.

"These are mercurial dogs, they are unpredictable and they are lethal," Belsky said. "I think we need to lead by example here, and maybe other communities will follow suit and create a groundswell, like the smoking ban."

by Lisa Black
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