May 30, 2011 Police: 3-year-old bitten by pit bull

By Pantagraph staff

BLOOMINGTON -- Bloomington police say a three-year old was bitten by a pit bull in the 500 block of North Roosevelt Avenue at about 3:30 p.m. Monday.
An ambulance was also dispatched, but the family refused transport, say police.

Injuries to the child were not thought to be serious.

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May 28, 2011 Two-year-old Dog Bite Case May Be Decided This Summer

Bear (right), a pit bull, and Buddy, a mix, stand in an enclosure
at Bobby and Karen Warren’s Lockport home. Bear is at the
center of a Lockport legal case that has continued for 26 months.

LOCKPORT — A pit bull is at the center of a 26-month-long legal case that could be decided this summer.

The dog got out of Bobby and Karen Warren’s Lockport yard through a gate in March 2009, Karen said. The pit bull, named Bear, ran loose with another family dog, Buddy, a mix.

The city has determined that the dog attacked a man in the neighborhood, said City Attorney Ron Caneva.

Karen disputes this point, saying, “They’re just assuming it was our dog because the dogs were out.”

By Tony Graf
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May 20, 2011 Monmouth American Bulldogs Mauled Woman

Monmouth - Warren County sheriff’s deputies were sent to a rural Monmouth home at 8:20 p.m. Thursday after a neighborhood report of someone calling for help.

The first deputy on the scene discovered a woman being mauled by two American bulldogs. The deputy destroyed both animals in order to save the woman, according to a news release from the Warren County Sheriff’s Department. 

May 16, 2011 Mount Vernon Police Blotter

Bonnie – A resident in the 200 block of West Third Street in Bonnie told police two pit bulls attacked her dog, severely injuring it, at 10:22 a.m. Monday.

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May 10, 2011 Police Shoot Pit Bull

Valley council weighs lawsuit over bond

By Allison Ryan

SPRING VALLEY - Resident Jill Emerson briefly addressed “the pit bull incident,” a dog attack last Wednesday which sent Emerson’s adult daughter to the hospital and resulted in a police officer shooting a pit bull.

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May 05, 2011 Elgin police kill two pit bulls

By Emily Jurlina

Elgin police shot and killed two pit bulls Wednesday night after the dogs exhibited “threatening behavior,” according the department.

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May 01, 2011 Letter: Thanks for help with menacing dog

Rockford – I was at Searles Park this week walking my dog. A dog was running loose in the park and came charging at me and my dog. It was a pit bull.

I was pretty nervous, so I picked up a big branch and yelled at the dog to get away. Some young Hispanic man saw what was happening and stopped his vehicle and helped chase the dog away.

He chased it down the road so the dog would leave us alone. He got back in his vehicle and chased him out of the park down to the bike track. He was kind enough to come back and make sure I got back to my car and was OK.

I didn’t get his name but would like to thank him for taking the time to help me. It could have turned out a lot different if it wasn’t for him. God bless him.

— Pat Stroup, Rockford

May 01, 2011 Wilmington eyes stronger animal control ordinance

WILMINGTON — City officials are slated to discuss ordinances regulating animal control, with an eye toward possible increases in fines.

Urging quick action, resident Valerie Fox spoke at Tuesday’s city council meeting, saying the dog she gave her friend as a companion dog has been repeatedly attacked by another dog.
“Our dog is a joy — but, he’s terrorized.” During the first attack, her friend received puncture wounds while trying to protect their dog, she said.

“I just want to see this dog removed,” Fox said. She described the dog as a big pit bull terrier/shepherd mix.
“We are working on strengthening the ordinance.”

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