Aug 25, 2010 LaSalle Pit bulls kill 7 year old Jason Walter

Varna - Three pit bulls owned by a tenant living in a trailer on the property killed Jason Walter, a seven year old boy, who was visiting the owner of the property.  The owner's mixed breed dog, Blondie, was outside at the time as well, and was euthanized with the three pit bulls.

"We've had dog bites, but we've never had anything like this, nothing fatal," said Sheriff Rob Russell.

Jason was just beginning second grade.

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Aug 18, 2010 Dogfight Busted by Sheriff's Police

Three Charged, Including Alleged Handler

CHICAGO - Police raided a dogfight in progress on the West Side on Monday, resulting in felony charges against three men.

by Matt Bartosik
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Aug 17, 2010 Thanks to ACO for putting his life in danger to protect people from vicious pit bull

Jacksonville - “I'd like to thank the young animal control officer who put his own life in danger to stop a vicious pit bull from attacking me and others around us. Thank you.”

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Aug 16, 2010 Galesburg Pit Bulls Jump Fence, Attack Girl and Pup

Galesburg - At just after 3 p.m., as the seventh-grader at Lombard Middle School and her puppy neared the corner of First and Academy streets, wild barking and a flurry of activity drew the attention of the girl and her dog.

“I heard barking and Ray-Ray just stopped. I saw three pit bulls come over the fence of the backyard across Academy,” Gutierrez said. “They were coming for Ray-Ray. I was very scared and I tried to get in between them and the dog.

It is believed all three pit bulls escaped from the backyard of 712 S. Academy St., located on the south corner of First and South Academy streets. The backyard is surrounded by 6-foot wood fence.

“I see pit bulls running around here quite a bit,” Lane said. “You just never know when they will come after you.”

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Aug 15, 2010 ELGIN: Two Bitten, Two Cited on Dog Ordinance Violations

Two Elgin residents were cited on dog ordinance violations Saturday after their pets, in separate incidents, reportedly bit Elgin children, according to police reports.
A 15-year-old boy was treated for minor injuries at Provena Saint Josephs Hospital in Elgin after his neighbor's pet pit bull jumped a fence between the two yards and bit the boy's right leg, police said.
The second incident involved a poodle and occurred in the 200 block of South Melrose Street, according to police reports. A boy visiting the home of a family member there was playing with the poodle when the dog apparently bit him, reports said. 

Aug 12, 2010 Village declares dogs to be potentially dangerous

Hutsonville – ...[The board of trustees] declared the dogs located at 603 S. Pleasant to be potentially dangerous.
The dogs, believed to be pit bulls, have gotten loose from their enclosure several times. Police Officer Chad Weaver said the owners have been cited and warned repeatedly about the dogs being loose, and one of the dogs has tried to bite police officers when they have tried to capture the animals. Weaver said the owners are currently building a new enclosure.

By declaring the animals potentially dangerous, they now have to be kept in a more secure encloser or be removed from the village.

By Tom Compton
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Aug 07 2010 Pit Bulls Attack 5 Year Old Winston Bankston

Bush – Winston Bankston 5-year-old boy is clinging to life after being attacked by pit bull dogs while he played in the city park.
"I spoke with a member of the family this morning. And Winston is in ICU at Cardinal Glennon, he is in a medical induced coma and on a ventilator," Chief Harvel said.

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Aug 04, 2010 Dog Injured On 7/28 by Pit Bull Mix. Information needed.

Chicago – There was another incident at the dog beach where a dog injured another dog, and the owner left the beach without taking responsability for his dogs actions.

On Wednsday, July 28 at 10 am a small white Schnoodle was injured by another dog who tried to steal her tennis ball. The dog was playing fetch on the north end of the beach when the Pit mix aproached the small dog and tried to steal her pink tennis ball. When she wouldn't drop the ball, the Pit mix grabed her by the back and wouldn't release her until the owner pinched it's cheeks and forced it to let go. The Pit's owner responded by saying "Sorry, my dog usually only bites when he's bitten first". The Schnoodle was rushed to the vet, and the other owner left the beach, no information was exchanged.

The attacking dog was discribed as a "50# dog that was a mix between a pit bull and some kind of hound. It clearly had the face/jaw of a pit. It was the golden brown color of a Vizsla. The owner was a male, early thirties, short brown hair with a goatee. Tan caucasion but possibly Latino. About 6 foot tall and lean."  There were 50 or so people at the beach that morning who may have seen the attack. If anyone has any infomation about the owner or dog, please contact us.

by Beth Smith
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