Mike Danahey's report reveals that Elgin has had far more reports of dangerous dog attacks and bites than a comparable city of Aurora. Most of them were pit bulls. Elgin police have had to shoot far more dogs than Aurora, but in both cities, pit bulls are the type of dog they are forced to shoot the most.
|(Click to make larger.) Note that one dangerous dog owner lives in an apartment building and in two other areas, home owners are hemmed in by multiple dangerous dogs within blocks of each other. Ah, the good life in Elgin!|
Elgin - Since Jan. 1, 2008, Elgin police have shot a total of 23 dogs over the course of responding to 16 separate calls. All but four of the shootings resulted in killing the dogs — significantly more than in the larger Kane County cities of Aurora or Naperville.
Theriault said that during that period, 348 tickets were issued for dogs roaming at large; 180 were citations for a dog not having a collar and tags; 141 were for not having rabies vaccinations; 111 were issued for bites or attacks; 107 were for animals displaying dangerous behavior; four were for dogs in heat roaming loose; and two were for having farm animals in town.
He also noted that between Jan. 1, 2008, and March 20, 2012, 9,901 dog complaint calls were made in Elgin, 392 of those initially coming in as dog bites.
Yes, you read that right, Elgin received 9,901 dog complaint calls in a span of 4 years and 3 months.
by Mike Danahey
Courier News Accessed: 2012-07-02. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/68rwIVaaZ)