Sep 11, 2013 Owners of pit bull mauling victim Shibui want felony charge

Wauconda - Lisa and Paul Didier, the owners of a Shih Tzu named Shibui, have discovered through their own investigation that the pit bull that killed Shibui had attacked before and had been declared dangerous.  Under Illinois law, the owner of a dangerous dog who allows the dog to attack again can be charged with a Class 4 felony.  He could be fined up to $25,000 and jailed for up to 3 years.

The Didiers say they want to set a precedent for prosecuting irresponsible owners.

The Lake County Journal, which published this story, felt compelled to publish a companion piece that basically asserted that the pit bull that had attacked many times, and ultimately killed a little dog for enjoyment, ought to have been "rehabilitated" and put out into the community again.  Fortunately, the pit bull was euthanized after the attack.

Contact the Lake County Illinois State's Attorney, Michael Nerheim, and let him know about pit bulls and irresponsible pit bull ownership:

18 N. County Street, 3rd Floor
Waukegan, IL 60085

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Sep 11, 2013 Bloomington pit bull commits two separate attacks on people

Pit bull and Beagle get loose - pit bull attacks people beagle doesn't
Bloomington - A female pit bull and a male beagle mix got loose.  The female pit bull attacked a newspaper carrier and then an hour later attacked a runner.  The intact male beagle mix accompanying the pit bull didn't bite anyone while it was running at large.

Animal Control convinced the owner of the dogs to give up the puppies as well as the pit bull to allow the female pit bull mauler to nurse the puppies while she is in a 10 day rabies observation confinement.

The owner has been previously cited for dogs at large.

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Aug 31, 2013 Glenwood: yet another Illinois town grappling with pit bull problem

Glenwood - The village has enacted a non-breed specific dangerous dog ordinance in response to a pit bull problem.  Every single Illinois municipal area that has looked at stronger dangerous dog statutes has been prompted to do so because of pit bull attacks.

"[Police Chief Demitrous Cook] said he has noticed a lot of pit bulls and Cane Corsos in the village and that a recent situation occurred in which a pit bull kept jumping a fence to get at a neighbor woman's bull dog, which was injured.

"She was afraid to let her children in the yard," Cook said.

Cook said he was once chased by a pit bull while walking in the village and that Glenwood officers have twice had to shoot pit bulls."

Glenwood joins Peoria, Bloomington, Galesburg, Macomb, Lake county, Cary, Carmi, Skokie, Elgin, Arlington Heights, Waukegan and Wilmington in attempting to address a pit bull problem with non-breed specific dangerous dog laws in the last couple years.

When is Illinois going to realize that the emperor has no clothes and pit bulls are an unwarranted threat to human and pet safety?

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Jun 23, 2012 Cary will look into dog bites
May 25, 2012 Carmi citizens want pit bull ban
May 01, 2011 Wilmington eyes stronger animal control ordinance