Jul 14, 2009 Villa Grove neighborhood nervous over two pit bulls

VILLA GROVE – A group of frightened neighbors took their concerns about two allegedly dangerous pit bulls roaming their Villa Grove neighborhood to the city council Monday night. About a dozen people that live near the dog owner's home on North Oak Street told story after story of run-ins with the loose dogs.

"We can't go out in our own yards and feel safe," said Julie Markel who lives next door. She said her sheltie dog was attacked in her yard by one of the pit bulls. Her dog was treated for multiple bite wounds as a result. Her son has also been threatened by the dogs and has required therapy to get over his fear.

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Jul 14, 2009 Lombard Man Gets Up to 18 Months in Prison for Dogfight

Lombard - A Lombard man was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison after he admitted promoting a dogfight with two pit bulls, including his own pet, during an underage drinking party.

An apologetic Brian A. Moll, 22, of the 100 block of South Lombard Ave., said he knew dogfighting is a crime, and that it began when he and his co-defendant began debating whose dog was tougher.

The other man, Robert G. Kollman, 21, of the 300 block of North Grace, Lombard, where the party was held, has pleaded not guilty to similar felony charges. He is free on bond.

Prosecutor Mary K. Cronin said police were called to Kollman's home at 2:45 a.m. May 23 to sounds of dog fighting and discovered the two pit bulls attacking each other before a small crowd of people gathered in the back yard.

Rather than intervening, Cronin said, the defendants were egging on both dogs to keep fighting.

Officers subdued the two pit bulls - Rampage, who is owned by Kollman, and Ace, who belongs to Moll - with a Taser. The dogs were not seriously injured. They were treated at a 24-hour veterinarian's office, police said.

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