Sep 25, 2015 Chicago Pit Bull Attacks UPS Driver in West Side, Police Say

UPDATE: Right before the pit bull attacked Jesus Toledo, the owner said not to worry, it was a nice dog.  Toledo asked three times for them to not open the door to get the package until he was gone and he tried to race away before the dog could get out, but the pit bull owner opened the door anyway and the pit bull attacked.  Then, as the pit bull attacked, the pit bull owner did nothing to help.  Toledo said he could not believe that this long time customer, whom he'd served for so long, just stood there and did nothing as her pit bull ripped him apart.  Toledo lost his thumb and his ear and required surgery to put his hand back together again.  Toledo thanked the postal worker who saved him.
And CACC, city workers who are paid by tax payers, refused to make any comment about whether they're even going to put the mauling pit bull down.
Hero mail carrier who saved Jesus Toledo's life

The pit bull bit through tough work boots
Chicago - “A UPS driver was rescued by a postal carrier after being attacked by a pit bull on his route Friday morning.
Jesus Toledo is a UPS worker Who Was Attacked
By A Pit Bull On the Job
The incident happened in the North Austin neighborhood, near North Cicero Avenue and West Cortland Street, in the city's West Side.

The UPS driver, Jesus Toledo, said the dog escaped through the front door when the woman opened it. A postal worker nearby heard Toledo yelling and ran to help pull the dog off the UPS driver and wrestled it to the ground.

Toledo is hospitalized with cuts on his head and ankle but is said to be doing OK.

The dog has been impounded by Animal Control and is currently undergoing a 10-day rabies observation.”

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Sep 20, 2015 Chicago Pit Bull Seriously Attacks 8-year-old Boy And Rescuer

Chicago - An 8-year-old boy was severely mauled by a pit bull in the Chatham neighborhood and might have been killed had it not been for the intervention of 48 year-old man, Danell Nicholson, a former US Olympic team boxer.
Hero Olympic Athlete, Danell Nicholson
‘”When I turned around I saw the dog had a little kid on the ground on the street," Nicholson said.

Nicholson recognized the boy as a friend of his niece's. A former 1992 U.S. Olympic team boxer, he raced to help, but soon found himself being attacked as well.

"I'm trying to get the dog off him, so I finally got the dog, beating him off him, the dog attacks me," he said. "Luckily I had some kind of skill boxing. It really helped me out of that battle.”’

The pit bull escaped from its 73 year-old owner’s home, ran outside and mauled  the 8 year-old boy’s  leg  and then mauled his rescuer’s face.  Both victims were initially taken to the MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, but the child was transported to Christ Hospital, which has a Level I trauma center, because of the severity of his injuries.  He may have permanent damage to one of his legs.

The dog’s owner was cited for failure to restrain the dog and for not having a dog license.  And get this - police don’t know if the animal was seized by Animal Care & Control.

Either the reporter was too lazy to call CACC or the public servants at Chicago Animal Care and Control are flat out refusing talk to reporters or police at all regarding a human health and safety issue they are legally responsible for.

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Sep 18, 2015 Wood River Pit Bull Attacked A Dog and Rescuer

Wood River - “Police responded to the report of a dog attacking another dog and a bystander on Thursday morning.  A responding police officer used his Taser to stop the dog from attacking a man, forcing the pit bull to release its hold and run away.  The dog was later captured.

The incident began around 8am as a man was walking his dog on West Jennings.  The pit bull reportedly jumped over a fence and started biting the other dog, a black lab.  The owner of the lab yelled for help, and a neighbor called police.  In the meantime, at least two other people tried to stop the pit bull, one using a broom handle and another a wooden chair.  The man using the chair was then attacked by the pit bull when the dog bit his arm.  The police officer arrived shortly after, and used the Taser on the animal.  Madison County Animal Control is currently holding the pit bull as the investigation continues. “

Neighbors credit a thick leather collar the lab was wearing for saving the lab's life because the pit bulls was savagely attacking the lab.

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Sep 13, 2015 Defining Provocation - A Chicago Bullmastiff Attack

Chicago - In 2013 NIKKI ZOLLAR’s 100 pound male bullmastiff escaped from its home and attacked Jib, a female 39 pound Portuguese water dog that was being walked on a leash in an alley.
File photo of a Bullmastiff
NIKKI ZOLLAR’s bullmastiff was declared dangerous and ZOLLAR appealed, contending that the bullmastiff was only playing, and that the attack didn’t occur until Jib’s owner kicked the bullmastiff in an effort to get it away from Jib which in turn provoked the bullmastiff to attack.

The “provocation” defense is used heavily by pit bull and dangerous dog owners in and out of court in Illinois and around the country as a defense and as an excuse for dangerous dog behavior.  These excuses are accepted depressingly often by people who should know better.

For example, in 2013 in Eldorado Illinois, before people with common sense prevailed upon these two men, the head of animal control and the city attorney stated that when a pit bull dug out of its enclosure, charged across the street and disemboweled a small puppy at the feet of a young boy, the pit bull was provoked because people hit the pit bull trying to get it to stop the attack and because the puppy was not on a leash.  They asserted the provoked pit bull could not therefore be labeled dangerous.  This judgment was reversed eventually.

Luckily, NIKKI ZOLLAR’s argument that her bullmastiff must have been provoked (she was not present at the attack, and was merely guessing) did not prevail for one simple reason.  The city of Chicago created a legal definition for the term “provocation” as it applies to exempting a dog from being labeled dangerous or vicious.

In the city of Chicago the only provocation that justifies a dog’s aggression are illegal actions by a person.  Legally, a dog’s actions against another dog cannot justify a dog’s aggression.

From the city ordinance:
‘“Provocation” means that the threat, injury or damage caused by the animal was sustained by a person who, at the time, was committing a willful trespass or other tort upon the premises occupied by the owner of the animal, or was tormenting, abusing, or assaulting the animal, or was committing or attempting to commit a crime.’

Clearly, a person who hits an attacking dog in an attempt to protect another animal from attack does not justify any aggression against that person or the other dog.

All cities and counties should establish similar narrow legal definitions for the term “provocation” as it applies to their dangerous dog ordinances.  Defense and protection against an attack should be clearly spelled out in the definition.

This gem of wisdom about pet aggression comes from the Peoria County Animal Services:
“Even if an attack can be explained (the pet was scared, the child stepped on the pet's tail, the pet is afraid of people in uniform), it can rarely be excused.”
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A list of provocations meant to excuse pit bull attacks gathered by from news accounts
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Sep 10, 2015 McHenry County Pit bulls That Attacked Dog, 2 People Return to Owner

McHenry Co -
“Two pit bulls who attacked a (leashed) puppy last year — also injuring [the puppy's two owners] who intervened — were spared a death sentence Thursday and were ordered to be returned to their owner.

McHenry County Judge Michael Caldwell called pit bull breeds "ticking time bombs" who are trained to fight and said he doesn't understand why people would want to own such dogs.

But the judge said authorities failed to provide "clear and convincing evidence" that Molly and Sawyer, the dogs who attacked a 6-month-old golden retriever Sept. 9 of last year, should be legally deemed vicious and euthanized.

The judge's ruling came despite a recommendation from McHenry County Animal Control that the dogs be put down. The animals were removed from the owner's home in McHenry following the attack.”

Illinois legal definition of a “Vicious dog”:
 (510 ILCS 5/2.19b) 
    Sec. 2.19b. "Vicious dog" means a dog that, without justification, attacks a person and causes serious physical injury or death or any individual dog that has been found to be a "dangerous dog" upon 3 separate occasions. 
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

Despite 13 additional complaints or statements, the pit bulls had evidently never been declared dangerous and so the judge’s hands were tied.

Illinois legal definition of a “Dangerous dog”:
(510 ILCS 5/2.05a) 
    Sec. 2.05a. "Dangerous dog" means (i) any individual dog anywhere other than upon the property of the owner or custodian of the dog and unmuzzled, unleashed, or unattended by its owner or custodian that behaves in a manner that a reasonable person would believe poses a serious and unjustified imminent threat of serious physical injury or death to a person or a companion animal or (ii) a dog that, without justification, bites a person and does not cause serious physical injury. 
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03; 94-639, eff. 8-22-05.)

Notice that the law is so poorly worded that menacing behavior by a dog toward a pet while unattended or loose can trigger a dangerous dog designation, but an actual bite or killing of a pet by a leashed or attended dog will not trigger a dangerous dog designation.  There also is no mandate that animal control officers must declare animals dangerous when complaints are received.  Often the victims must press animal control to act, and then AC may not even keep track of dogs deemed dangerous so subsequent attacks don't trigger harsher penalties or help relieve a neighborhood of a vicious dog (see related posts).

Amazingly, the Tribune reporting did not mention whether the pit bulls had been declared dangerous even this time.  The report only mentions that LARA COLER’s lawyer says that it could not be determined which dog had bitten  the Cuders, the owners of the golden retriever that was attacked, suggesting that their bite injuries might have been inflicted by their own golden retriever puppy as it was being attacked.

The pit bull owner LARA COLER, who has since gotten a third pit bull, will get the two maulers back.

Illinois residents must press for dangerous dog designations for each and every instance they feel threatened by loose or dangerous acting dogs.  Remember, calling in to complain does not automatically generate a formal complaint.  You must specifically demand that a complaint be written and that you get a copy of it and that the dog be declared dangerous.  Depending on the county, you must file a complaint with police, animal control or both agencies.

Read below in related links about a woman who did go the extra mile after her dog was killed by a loose pit bull.  Authorities were going to do nothing until she, herself, dug up the history of the dog finding that it had previously been declared dangerous.

Read below in related links how a county commissioner whose dog was attacked got the county law changed so that bites and attacks on pets also lead to dangerous and vicious dog designations.

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Sep 10, 2015 Decatur Pit Bulls Attacking Pets And Nothing Being Done

Decatur – Pit bulls are holding an entire neighborhood hostage.  They frequently get loose and they are attacking people and pets and have killed a cat on its own porch.  “One had one paw and one had the other.”

Another 11 year old gentle dog was attacked in her owner’s arms.  Other people just don’t let their dogs outside anymore.

Animal Control took statements for reports on Thursday morning.  A Macon County Sheriff’s Deputy also talked with residents. But nothing is being done according to the news report.

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Sep 05, 2015 Chicago Man charged with running dogfighting ring in Fuller Park neighborhood

Chicago - “A 43-year-old Fuller Park man was ordered held in Cook County Jail after he was charged with 10 felonies in connection with a dogfighting ring he's accused of running, according to police.
Chicago Man Accused of Dogfighting 
Clifford McNeil, was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, felony dogfighting, misdemeanor animal owner duty violations and eight misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.

Police obtained "credible intelligence of animal cruelty and dog fighting activity" and gained entry to the yard and garage of a home in the 4800 block of South Shields about 10 a.m. Friday.”

“Police found 16 pit bulls on the property, including seven pit bulls connected to heavy chains in the yard, one pit bull in a cage filled with feces and a pit bull in a cage inside the garage, which was with seven two-week old pit bull puppies with no access to food or water, prosecutors said.
One of the fighting dogs confiscated
The yard and the dog houses in the yard were littered with feces, prosecutors said. No people lived in the garage.

Inside the garage, Police also discovered a modified treadmill with a chain and wooden boards designed to narrow the dog’s path, a modification “commonly indicative of training dogs to fight,” prosecutors said.”

“Neighbors raised questions about the charges against McNeil Saturday, and several agreed that McNeil had a “heart of gold.”

They said McNeil was simply a dog lover, and someone who anchored the neighborhood with his generosity. He cut neighbors’ lawns, worked on landscaping and allowed the neighbors to park their cars at the garage he maintained as an alternative to street parking.”

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2015 Elgin's Pit Bulls Still Attacking; Media Not Covering Them

Elgin has had documented problems with pit bulls and dangerous dogs attacking since at least 2002.  There were at least three attempts to pass a pit bull ban to solve this problem.  But each attempt was thwarted, the last by interference and intimidation by Best Friends Animal Society in 2010.

Instead, Elgin passed breed neutral ordinances that relied on extremely high fines and restrictions of dogs labeled dangerous or vicious.  In an attempt to make their ordinance pro-active, officials have the power to deem dogs that exhibit menacing behaviors as dangerous.  But, the result of not directly addressing the problem and not banning pit bulls and instead deeming dogs that bark and growl at people dangerous has created the usual absurd results.
Dakota attacked a neighbor's dog and was declared
dangerous.  His owner takes him to see the elderly
as a therapy dog.

Elgin is home to a chihuahua that never bit anyone that has been put on the dangerous dog list for life.  Among the requirements for keeping the chihuahua is a 6 foot fence to contain it.  Elgin is also home to a supposed “therapy” pit bull that is also on the dangerous dog list.  The pit bull attacked another dog, but the owner believes it has been rehabilitated and is safe and appropriate to bring around the elderly.  Neither of these absurd results would have come about if Elgin had recognized breed differences, banned pit bulls, and acknowledged that an aggressive chihuahua might require different restrictions than an aggressive pit bull.

The dangerous therapy pit bull’s owner wanted to change the ordinance so that dogs could be removed from the dangerous dog list after a number of years of good behavior.  Thankfully, though Elgin did modify the ordinance, only dogs that have never attacked or bitten are eligible for removal from the dangerous dog list.  Now the chihuahua is off the dangerous dog list and in a year a German Shepherd that never bit or attacked can be take off if it behaves.  The dangerous therapy pit bull will remain on the list.  The dangerous therapy pit bull’s owner claims the therapy dog certification organization and the organization that allows her pit bull to hang out with the elderly know that the pit bull is dangerous.
Another pit bull will be added to the dangerous dog list
after attacking these dogs and their owner
Since 2012, after an excellent, in depth look at Elgin's dog bite problem by Mike Danahey, someone evidently had a little talk with news agencies because they no longer report on pit bull attacks in Elgin.  Though there have been virtually no dog attacks reported in news outlets, pit bulls haven’t stopped attacking.  In August of this year the Tribune reported a sampling of the 83 dangerous and 13 vicious dogs listed in Elgin.  Six of the 8 dogs they sampled were pits or pit mixes including a pit bull that attacked a chihuahua while the chi was playing with two little girls, another pit bull that burst through a window screen to kill a poodle and another that busted through a fence and attacked two people.  In addition, a 7th dog was called a “boxer mix.”

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