Mar 31, 2012 Rockford Woman Scared After Mauling by Neighbor's Pit Bull

Rockford - Lisa Jackson was attacked on March 24 by a pit bull.

Jackson said her 3-year-old pug, Daisy, was in the backyard and she was unaware of a freshly dug hole. Suddenly, she found her neighbor’s dog in her yard attempting to confront Daisy.

“Daisy is pregnant,” Jackson said. “I threw myself on her.”

Jackson kept Daisy from harm. She could not do the same for herself.

The pit bull sank its teeth into her left ankle. When she turned to flee, she stepped into a divot and injured her other ankle.

While on the ground, Jackson was mauled. Finally, she was able to grab a stick and forced it into the pit bull’s mouth.

“I wasn’t trying to pry his mouth open,” she said. “I couldn’t.”

Instead, Jackson said she forced the stick into the dog’s throat, hoping it would choke and release its grip.

“I tried to kill it.”

Jackson is scared because after escaping containment and launching an uprovoked, off property attack on a human, the pit bull will be returned to the owner.

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Mar 27, 2012 Family Looking For Owner Of Pit Bull That Killed Their Pet

Willy, a 2-year-old Pomeranian, had to be put down after he was attacked by a pit bull at Montrose Dog Beach. Willy’s owner, Audrey Fisher, is looking for the pit bull’s owner, claiming he simply walked away after Willy was attacked. 

Coward pit bull owner with the dog eating pit

CHICAGO – It took just seconds; a dog that was supposed to be playing on the beach ended up dangling from the jaws of another dog, dying and unable to fight back.

Now, there’s a huge push to find the owner of the animal that reportedly attacked.

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Mar 25, 2012 McCaleb: No excuse for unleashed dogs roaming streets

Judging by the comments to the story, McHenry county residents have indeed forgotten the horrific attack on Nick Foley and Jourdan Lamarre.  It should never be forgotten.

Crystal Lake - In the past two weeks, the Northwest Herald has reported on two violent incidents involving uncontrolled dogs in the county. (all dogs described as pit bull type dogs)
As for dog owners who don’t properly control their pets, including leashing them at all times in public places, have you not learned from the 2005 Cary pit bull attacks?
No one wants another story like the 2005 pit bull attacks.

Not now, not ever.

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Mar 23, 2012 Galesburg dog owner says friend’s neglect led to pet’s death

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Galesburg - According to police reports, when officers responded to 1916 E. Main St., the owner said she had gone to Macomb and left her two pit bulls and a lab mix with a friend. When she returned home, her daughter found one of the dogs had been attacked and partially eaten by another.
The friend said she called the owner around 7 p.m. Wednesday to tell her to come home and take care of the dogs. The animals would not let either her or her husband in to feed them...

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Accessed: 2012-03-30. (Archived by WebCite® at

Mar 21, 2012 When animals attack - Pit bulls lead Chicago Bite counts

Chicago - Last year, the category that accounted for the largest percentage of bite reports was the pit bull, or mixes of that animal, at 26 percent, according to the city's designations for classifying dogs. Types that couldn't be identified made up the second-largest group, at about 19 percent. American pit bull terriers rounded out the top three at 13 percent.

Pit bull type dogs are responsible for 39% of the total 1830 reported animal bites, or 717 bites.

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Mar 21, 2012 Wheatfield Contemplates Dog Ordinances After Many Pit Bull Attacks

Wheatfield - Dog bites continue to plague the Wheatfield area, specifically pit bull attacks.  The Wheatfield Town Council discussed the issue at Thursday’s meeting in front of a standing-room only crowd.
    A patron at the meeting showed the council images of what she alleges her neighbor’s pit bull had done to her dogs as they were in her yard. The pit bull killed one of her dogs, she said. The female patron was concerned as her home is just a few blocks from the school.
    “My children are traumatized and I’m traumatized,” she said.  “These situations can quickly turn from animal on animal to animal on human.”
    Another patron, Brittany Hunter, spoke up about her husband, Michael Hunter, whom she alleged was bitten on the hip on Feb. 26.   The bit broke skin and pierced Michael Hunter’s jeans, she said; jeans that the young married couple showed.
    The dog that bit Michael Hunter was alleged to have been on a leash being walked  by a minor at the time of the dog bite.

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Mar 19, 2012 Wonder Lake Man Suffers 100 Puncture Wounds in Home Invasion Pit Bull Attack

Wonder Lake – The dog is described as a brown male pit bull or American bull dog weighing about 100 pounds with a black muzzle and a 6 by 8 inch patch of white on its check, according to the health department.

The homeowner who suffered possible nerve and tendon damage in the attack was standing in front of his home on the 7600 block of Cedar Road on March 11 when the dog entered his garage and attacked his dog.

The man, who was seriously injured in the attack, will likely undergo rabies vaccinations, Quackenbush said.

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Mar 13, 2012 Trail of Blood Leads Cops to Injured Dog

While this story of dog abuse by a suspected dogfighter is certainly worth reporting, it must be noted that of the over 700 pit bull bites reported to authorities in Chicago in 2011, only about 13 attacks can be found in local media and community boards.

Pit bull abuser and suspected dogfighter

Chicago – A Chicago man was charged Tuesday with aggravated animal cruelty after police, following a trail of blood on the sidewalk, said they found a pit bull puppy with scratches and open wounds on his stomach, paws and back.

The dog's owner, Stanton Howard, told police he was a trainer and dragged the dog because he was "teaching him how to walk," according to police spokesman Michael Sullivan.

Police suspect Howard, 42, was actually teaching the dog how to fight.

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Mar 08, 2012 Waukegan firefighter has seen several children mauled by the family pit bull

Waukegan - In reference to all the people that think they know something about pit bulls.  These people should do their homework.  It's a bigger issue than ownership.  I have been in the fire service for 35 years and have had several experiences involving pit bulls and I don't remember an incident of dog abuse in these families.  They were lovable owners and they don't know what happened to Fido because the's always been a gentle lovable pet.  In breeding, the physical make-up of their jaws, and being naturally territorial makes these dogs even more dangerous.  Insurance companies won't even insure homeowners who own them.  It's so sad to see these children mauled for life because of a dog.

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Mar 06 2012 Pit Bulls seriously maul two dogs in Logan Square

Chicago - The system is broken in Chicago.  First of all, this serious dog mauling was never reported in the media, and by reading some of the comments in the local neighborhood website, you'll quickly see why: pit bull attacks are so common in Chicago, they don't rate as news anymore.  That's how bad it is.

Pit bulls can attack one human and two dogs in serial attacks and the dogs are not removed from the pit bull owner.

Victim owners pay tens of thousands of dollars to heal their dogs.  They reach out to every local dog owners association, court advocate, press the police, animal control and the courts for results and get nowhere.

But by all means, let's not ban pit bulls.  Let's adopt out fight bust dogs right back into the community.

The following comments are from the dog owners' sites and from comment in a local neighborhood sharing website.

From Remmy's owner's Tumblr page:
"I was walking our dog Remmy down Logan Blvd. on Tuesday 3/6/12 in the morning as usual, and as I come to the corner of Logan and Francisco (north side of the street), I see this small pit off-leash attacking another little dog on leash with two owners.
One owner is trying to get the small pit to stop to no avail, he grabs a brick hitting it on the head and neck. Still no dice. Meanwhile, I’m calling 911.
Out of nowhere another small pit comes running up and starts attacking. Guy hits that one, too, and it turns, sees Remmy down the street and comes at her. Other one follows suit, and the shit hits the fan.
Owner comes running out, can only subdue one, while the other tears up Remmy’s back leg. Cops finally show up, owner takes one pit away while Remmy lays by herself on the sidewalk. Why? Because I have to hold the fucking pit or it will attack Remmy again.
Finally gets the other dog out of there, cops talk him in, blah blah blah. We’ll see how this plays out in court, and with Remmy’s mental health once her physical wounds heal. I am beyond angry right now…"
From Lucky's (lab/border collie) owner's facebook page:
"Our dog had surgery on one leg and multiple bites on the other legs and on her body. Ed got bit in the hand and somehow, I did not get bit, even though I held on to my dog to protect her against the pits. Ed hit the pit on the head with a brick several times before he let go of our dog, and then attacked the other dog and the 2nd pit worked as a team in the attacks. Police and the dogs’ owner finally arrived after the attacks.
Despite her injuries and the terror of the attack, she is doing well."

From comments by neighbors about the attack on everyblock Chicago website:
I'm so sorry to hear about Remmy!  My dog was also attacked in Logan Square by two pit bulls…andy chance they fit this description? 
It happens quite a bit…I have neighbors on the next block with two huge white pits that get out regularly and have chased the neighbors back in their homes!
No.  The owner was not arrested, pits were not confiscated.  It is very scary that we cannot safely walk our dogs.  The pit owner & us have a court date issued by City of Chicago.
Did the cops say why they wouldn't arrest the guy nor take the dogs away?  That is crazy as it's a significant public safety hazar.  It is stunning that the police didn't move on this to protect the pulic as the laws are in place.
Lucky, the other victim dog's owner - 4 squads and an ambulance arrived soon after our calls.  although it seemed like forever.  The police arrived after the pits owner finally came because he realized his dogs got out and followed the screams.  The attacks happened very quickly.  When I asked the police who the pits owner was, or any other question, they said you will be called with the report.  I later found out Animal Control arrived after everyone was already gone.  The pits were taken back to their yard by the pits owner.  I did get a voicemail from the police with a police report number and a court date when we got home from the vet and emergency care.
Unfortunately this is common.  I was recently told by my groomer who is in Logan Square that there is a pit owner who purposefully walks his dog off leash to allow his pit to attack other dogs. (all I know is thiat it is a large white non nutured male dog)  It is not fair that we must be terrified to walk our pets.
I got to say way more pit bulls on this side of the Kennedy.  I'm even afraid of the ones on leashes.  Dudes walking two at a time, struggling - leashes pulled tight.  Thands for the heads up on mace.  I'm getting some today.
Lucky, the other victim dog's owner - Yes, carry mace and a walking stick or long umbrella with a point. something to help protect you and your dog, just in case.  The attack happened quickly and we did not have anything until my husband found a brick and even then it took many hits before the attack dogs let go and then attacked the 2nd dog.  My husband then went to help the 2nd victim.  We are all healing.  Remmy, the 2nd dog attcked still has a long road ahead of her before she can even walk.  Being attacked like this also takes a psychological toll
Lucky's owner:
Last name of owner: rodriguez
Location: 2600 block of N Mozart, near Logan Blvd
Dogs: Two pits, one fawn brown, orne blck and white both are medium sized approx 1.5-2 years old
Allegedly escaped from the yard by "shewing the lock off the gate" according to Mr. Rodriguez.  He also mentioned, "My dogs don't attack people, they only attack dogs."

Lucky's injuries cost about $1,000 and Remmy's injuries cost over $18,000.  Luckily, the owners have a lot of friends and a wide social network and were able to raise the money in chipin donations.

From Remmy's owner's website:

Keep in mind, this doesn’t cover my medical bills (orthopedic visit, X-ray, MRI, hand surgeon consult, custom splint, etc.):

Initial visit to VCA: $1262.48
Follow-up visit to VCA: $1055.16
Initial estimate at the Emergency Vet Center: $2150
Additional cost at the Emergency Vet Center: $2172.06
Balance from the Emergency Vet Center hospital stay: $3639
Reconstructive surgery: $3700
Bandage changes x7: $700
Overnight stay + care due to seizure: $495
Ongoing bandage changes (estimated at 5 more?): $500
Additional surgical estimate (closing remaining wounds + possible grafts): $3000
Grand total: ~ $18462.57

Remmy's owner's post "The system is completely broken"

Just came back from the Administrative Hearing for Luis Rodriguez the owner of the two pit bills who attacked Remmy (who lives on the 2600 block of N. Mozart in Logan Square). Short version, I can’t believe my eyes and ears.
Several things occurred, surprisingly none of which involved myself, or the other victims Ed & Dana. Why? Are you ready for this?
I was not listed on the ticket issued to Mr. Rodriguez, even though I was on the incident report
No witness statement was taken at the scene, even though the police acted as if it was, not was this witnesses name listed on the ticket
Because they had an open schedule (and no doubt since there were no other names listed on the ticket) they started the hearing about 15 minutes early.
Had I been there earlier than I was (I was about 10 minutes early) the lawyers for the city could’ve taken my statement, had more evidence against Mr. Rodriguez, and, ultimately, he would have faced higher penalties.
Unfortunately, the city’s lawyers entered into a plea agreement with Mr. Rodriguez, devoid of ANY input from myself or from Ed & Dana.
Yes, he was found libel, but libel is just a fraction of the whole thing. What’s next? We have to start over, this time with Animal Care & Control, and talk to an inspector to see if they’ll re-open the charges against Mr. Rodriguez. It’s obvious to us the case was handled poorly by the cops (read: really fucking sloppy), and it’s odd and annoying that they started the hearing early, but then again we weren’t listed so how would they have known?
I’m beyond pissed off right now, and it’s all because of a system that’s broken. Meanwhile, I’m letting a tear in a ligament in my thumb heal

The legal side…

Many of you have been asking about the legal side of this whole thing, and whether or not we’re pursuing this guy to make sure he pays these vet bills. Yes, we are, and have talked to a lawyer. I don’t want to go into the details of it here, but we will know more this week. Fact is, we don’t really know what the full deal is with this guy. Is he the homeowner (we don’t believe he is), does even live there or was he a visitor? We still can’t get a straight answer. Is there homeowner’s insurance involved and if so does the policy exclude ‘dangerous’ dogs? Many policies do. Does he have a job, and if so how long will it take to pay back if wages are garnished? Will be even be found libel? Sure, it’s pretty obvious, but let’s remember this is a court of law, and stranger things have happened. Consequently, yes, there is a court date, one month from today.
I can tell you we aren’t going to let this one get swept under the rug. We’re going to the monthly meeting for the Logan Square Dog Park tomorrow night where it would seem this attack is on the agenda. A woman involved with the Park says there’s a court advocate who deals with dog attacks, so we’re going to get that info and see if they can help in any way and be there for the court date.
On a side note, we still cannot confirm whether or not the dogs were taken by Animal Control, which leads us to believe they are still with the owner. The same owner that said, “My dogs don’t attack people, they only attack dogs.”

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