Jan 29, 2017 Hainesville Pit Bull Attacked Husky

UPDATE: The Husky has died from a broken neck. Notice that the description of the attack and of the injuries to the husky were both minimized in the original reporting.  The pit bull still has not been found.

Anyone with information about the attack or the dog is asked to call Round Lake Police at (847) 270-9111

Round Lake Park - A 68 year old woman was injured when she tried to stop a loose pit bull from attacking her Siberian husky on the 300 block of Grandview Drive in Round Lake Park. An unidentified woman came and took the pit bulls away without identifying herself or offering to pay for the medical damage to the husky.
File photo of a husky

The husky’s owner was taken to the hospital by ambulance, treated and released and the husky was taken for veterinary care for injuries to its ear “and elsewhere”. Police are asking for help to find the black pit bull and the owner whom they believe lives in Hainesville. The husky owner wants the pit bull found because it is “obviously dangerous.” Police say if the owner is found there will be charges.

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Oct 19, 2016 Chicago Pit Bull Killed Yorkie; City Does Nothing

Chicago - While on a walk with his owner, a loose pit bull attacked and killed Oliver, an 8 year old, 8 pound Yorkshire terrier.  Oliver was the light of his owner’s life.  He did everything and went everywhere with Ashley Dombrow.
RIP Oliver
Ashley fought hard to pry the pit bull’s jaws open.  Then she tried to push Oliver’s intestines back inside his body as she rushed him to the vet, but he passed away.

She sought medical attention because she had bites from trying to get the pit bull to release Olver.

She wrote a long and heartbreaking testament to the love that she had for Oliver and to what a delightful little being Oliver was.

Ashley Dombrow
on Sunday
I am incredibly sad to tell you all that today was one of the most horrific days of my life. As I was taking Oliver out for a walk this afternoon, Oliver and I were viciously attacked by a pittbull. I am devastated to tell you all that Oliver did not make it and died as a result of the attack. It was truly one of the most horrific things I have ever experienced.
I was also bitten by the dog and I went to the urgent care hospital but I am fine - I got some shots and antibiotics. The dog that attacked us was not current on his shots, so animal control will have to test the dog for rabies and I may have to get some more treatment for that, but overall, Im physically okay.
As everyone knows, Oliver was the light of my life and that is probably an understatement. He was not just like any other dog, but he was incredibly special and not only special to me, but lit up the lives of everyone that knew him. He was there for me for everything in my life - the good and the bad - he was my baby, my world.
Every morning Oliver and I would wake up, get in the car and go to starbucks. I would get my drink and the people at starbucks would give him a little pup cup with some whip cream. Afterwards we would go on our morning walk and then start the day. Often Oliver would come with me to work or to the container store to design closets, would ride in the car with me everywhere and made friends with everyone he met. Every night we would lay in bed and I would give him a paw massage with his Burts Bee's doggie paw lotion and then he would curl up under my arm and we would go to bed.
Many of you know and love Oliver, and loved getting to spend time with him because he was such a joy to everyone he ever came in contact with. He wasn't really a dog - he was more like a little person. Many of you loved him as if he was your own. He was so special, so wonderful, there truly is no other dog out there like Oliver. He was absolutely the most amazing dog in the world.
I am so devastated I cannot begin to even start to move forward, even though I know I have to. When something terrible like this happens, you see people for who they truly are, and what I learned today was incredible. I have incredible neighbors, who rallied together during the attack to help me in every way possible. They called the police and filed police reports for me, they drove me and Oliver to the hospital, they cried, they hugged, they gathered all my mail (which was all over the place because I had it in my hand during the attack), they brought me flowers, they came to check on me. The people in my community are wonderful. But not only that, my best friend and sister, Anna Paris and my father, Tony Dombrow were there for me in a way I cannot even begin to describe. They were there at the hospital, they supported me, they got me medicine at the drug store, they got me food and water, they held my hand while I was getting shots, they cleaned up the blood I was covered in, they cried, they hugged, and they stayed with me so I wouldn't have to be alone. The words "Thank You" are just not enough. These two people saved my life last summer and they are here to my rescue again. I am incredibly fortunate to have Anna and my Dad.
Also I want to thank the most amazing friends and family, I would never have gotten through today without all of your amazing support. Seriously - I am so lucky to have you. Thank you Lindsey Newett, Samantha G Taylor, Gina Howe (Oliver's other mom and my Mama Gina), Sean Nearey and my Aunt Chris.
Oliver - I miss you and I love you and I know that you are in a better place right now, and that you are with my mom. I will never forget you, you will be with me every day. You were the light of my life and I love you in the most incredible way. There will never be another dog like you, and I am so sorry that you were taken from me this way. I am just so glad that you are not suffering.

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2016 Illinois Cities With Pit Bull Problems That Won't or Can't Implement BSL

In 2003, Illinois pit bull advocates got a statewide ban on breed specific legislation passed.  Because Illinois has a strong home rule rights, larger cities and most counties are home rule municipalities by default.  And any town that passes a referendum can become a home rule municipality.  Having home rule powers means that a municipality can pass local ordinances unless the state "expressly" exercises "exclusive" statewide control.  Animal control has always been considered a local issue and, in reality, any home rule municipality that passed BSL would be able to enforce it.

As recently as 2013 the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that, "Ordinances enacted by home rule municipalities trump state statutes unless the state expressly exercises exclusive control..."

Best Friends Animal Society is quick to falsely inform municipalities that BSL is illegal under state law and subtly let them know they'd support lawsuits against the city.  Most cities crumble under these threats, but in reality, a home rule municipality would undoubtedly prevail over any legal challenge.

There are a few cities in Illinois that have legal, enforceable BSL on the books because they are home rule cities.  However, many of these cities have abandoned their safety ordinances after they receive letters from BFAS. Read the article below about Lincolnwood to see an example of the letters BFAS sends.

Most of the cities below have had terrible pit bull problems, but were not willing to implement or enforce BSL in order to keep their residents safe.  Some articles are about non-home-rule towns that want to pass breed specific legislation, but cannot.


Oct 12, 2016 Oak Brook - A resident wants a pit bull and rotweiler ban, but unfortunately, Oak Brook is not a home rule city and cannot implement BSL because of a statewide ban on breed specific legislation.

February 2016  Joliet - While city committee members were in the midst of reworking dangerous dog laws prompted by pit bull attacks, another pit bull attack on a little dog that did $3,512 worth of damage revealed that nothing the committee members were working on would have addressed that attack because the Joliet city committee members refused to regulate pit bulls and were intent on trying to address pit bull problems with breed neutral ordinances.  That never works. Joliet could implement pit bull regulation as a home rule city.

Feb 09, 2016 Not One Lincolnwood Resident Opposed Removing BSL After Pit Bull Attacks.  Linconwood, as a home rule city, could have prevailed against legal challenge.

Oct 12, 2016 Oak Brook Resident wants a Pit Bull and Rottweiler Ban

Oak Brook - A concerned resident who educated herself about the dangers of pit bulls and rotweilers by consulting DogsBite.org brought her concerns about dangerous dogs and desire for a pit bull and rotweiler ban to the village board. The board has agreed to discuss it, but unfortunately Oak Brook is not a home rule municipality and cannot implement dog safety regulations even if they want to.

Oak Brook joins a long list of Illinois municipalities where residents want a pit bull ban, but their city, town or village can’t protect them adequately because of the pit bull lobby’s ban on pit bull bans in Illinois.

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Sep 14, 2016 LaSalle Co. Rescue is Overrun with Unwanted Pit Bulls

LaSalle County - The tan-and-white dog was one of 31 pit bulls stacked up Monday at Illinois Valley Animal Rescue, which saw an unusual rise in canines this summer.

The shelter had 44 dogs but usually averages 35 with less than half being pit bulls, said Chris Tomsha-Ellberg, director.

“It’s above average,” she said. “We’re used to certain times of the year when we get an influx of dogs but lately it’s all been pit bulls. Normally, it’s maybe 40 percent. They’re coming in a complete mess, hair missing, wounds, skinny, flea ridden, emaciated. It’s out of control now.”

McIntosh has worked at the shelter for six years, and this flood of dogs is unprecedented, he said.

“Eight of the last 10 dogs that came in were pit bulls,” he said.

“No one wants them,” Tomsha-Ellberg said on Facebook. “This is a drain on finances and a huge strain on our staff and volunteers.”

The shelter hired another person last week to help, she said, and issued a plea Monday for adopters.

The friendly pit bull that McIntosh showed the NewsTribune had scratches on its head.

“This dog’s probably going to cost us $200,” McIntosh said.

It is unfortunate that rescuers and backyard breeders are bringing pit bulls into LaSalle County because up to now, pit bull attacks have been relatively uncommon.  Expect that to change.

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Sep 14, 2016 Chicago Pit Bull Still Alive After Mauling Two People

Chicago - Last September a UPS man was horribly mauled by a one year old female pit bull owned by DIANA SANCHEZ on the 1900 block of North Cicero Avenue.  The victim, Jesus Toledo lost part of his ear and part of his thumb in the attack.  His hand required extensive surgery to save function and he injured his back falling off the porch.  In addition he had injuries to his forearm, hands and ankle.
Mr. Toldedo is a hero for persisting in this to make
sure the vicious pit bull is put down so no one else can be hurt
The pit bull had mauled a cable company employee 6 months previous to this serious mauling.  Which means the pit bull was only 6 months old at the time of the first attack.  This is a seriously vicious animal.

And still a year later, the owner, DIANA SANCHEZ, was granted a continuance on her appeal after a judge ruled that the vicious pit bull be put down.  DIANA SANCHEZ must be judgment-proof if she still wants the pit bull back.  She obviously doesn't care if she maims or kills more people or pets.

And now Toledo is going to have to go to court once again to make sure no one else gets mauled by DIANA SANCHEZ' VICIOUS PIT BULL.

Toledo has had to go to court several times because Illinois law allows people to make endless appeals for the most obviously dangerous dogs.  The law needs to be changed so that when a dog mauls someone this badly, it gets put down without question.  And owners like DIANA SANCHEZ who allow this to happen should be severely punished.  This woman deserves jail time.

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Sep 12, 2016 Decatur Pit Bulls Maul Elderly Woman

Decatur - Connie Vo, 60, was seriously mauled by two pit bulls that escaped from her ex-husband’s house when she visited to pick something up.  She was first in in tensive care, but has been moved to a regular room and has been hospitalized for a week so far.
Decatur Pit Bulls Maul an Elderly Woman
Pit bulls did “shocking” damage to Vo.  There were chunks of flesh removed and her face was horribly torn.

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