Aug 20, 2016 Riverside Dogs Attack People and Kill a Dog

Riverside - An owner of a shepherd/beagle mix and a pit bull was out of the country and left his dogs with a dog walker. While the dog walker was walking the dogs in the affluent suburb on August 16, the shepherd/beagle lunged at a 65 year old man and bit him on his hand and on his chest. That dog had 2 previous bites last year so it was impounded and is to be designated vicious. The 65 year old victim refused an ambulance and said he would get medical attention himself.

Then, on August 18, the same dog walker was walking the pit bull when it saw a Havanese dog, pulled out of its collar and mortally wounded the gentle little dog in what police said was a “gruesome scene.” The 65 year old owner of the Havanese was also viciously attacked when he tried to protect his dog.
File Photo of a Havanese
Both dogs were removed from the neighborhood and are being kept at a vet clinic until the owner returns to the country. Many people have called police emphasizing that the pit bull attack occurred near a school. The police have assured the citizens of Riverside that the dogs have been removed from the neighborhood.
Riverside Needs to Ban Pit Bulls
Police are acting differently here because Riverside is an affluent village. The median income for a household is $64,931 and for a family $80,146. The entire village is on the National Historic Landmark because it was designed by the Father of Landscape Architecture, Fredrick Law Olmsted and features homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, William Le Baron Jenney, and others.

Aug 16, 2016 Elwood Pit Bull Kills Owner’s Cat; Owner lies to dump pit bull

This is how the story should read.  You’ll notice that the original story doesn’t focus on the fact that a pit bull evidently broke its leg because it was so intent on killing a cat.  Which it evidently did.
Elwood Illinois doesn't need pit bulls
Elwood - Starr Vesely’s pit bull killed her cat, so she wanted to get rid of the pit bull.  She called the Will county Animal Control and told them that the pit bull was a stray that she’d taken in and it immediately killed her cat and she wanted them to come get it.  The shelter said she had to call police.  She did, and the pit bull was removed.  The shelter found that the pit bull also had a broken leg and Vesely says that happened while the pit bull was chasing the cat in order to kill it.

However, photos of the supposed stray were found on Vesely’s facebook page from as far back as last October.  Vesely was charged with making a false report to police.

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Aug 15, 2016 Joliet Pit Bulls Nearly Kill Woman

Joliet - A woman who was cleaning her father’s enclosed backyard while he was away was attacked by two pit bulls being kept there.  A neighbor called 911 when she heard screaming.  When police arrived, they saw one pit bull mauling the woman’s head, and the other mauling her leg.  Police shot the pit bull mauling the woman’s leg and both pit bulls ran away.

The woman said the dogs attacked with no warning and that she thought she was going to die.  Her injuries were considered possibly life-threatening, but she is expected to survive.

This being Illinois, comments on some of the news stories quickly devolved into inane bullying where protecting pit bulls and blaming the owner is merely an extension of virulent racism and classism.  A photo of the entire block where the incident took place shows a typical middle class neighborhood.
The block where this nearly fatal pit bull attack took place

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Aug 13, 2016 Burr Ridge Pit Bull Bites Police Officer Who Saved It From Hot Car

Burr Ridge - Passersby reported a pit bull inside a hot car.  When police arrived, they determined that the pit bull was having difficulty breathing so they removed the pit bull and took it to DuPage County Animal Control.  On the way there, the pit bull bit one of the police officers who received emergency room treatment.

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Aug 12, 2016 Yorkville Woman Ticketed in Dog Bite Incident

Yorkville - A woman was issued a city ordinance violation citation because of a dog bite following an investigation by Yorkville Police.

The dog bite occurred Sunday morning around 9:00.

Officers issued that ticket to 44-year-old Michele Schuster of Titus Drive in Yorkville.

The victim who was bitten told police that he was running in the 2000 block of Titus Drive when the dog ran up to him and allegedly bit the man on his right calf, puncturing the skin.

The exact breed of the dog was not released by police.

But here is a photo of the dog that looks like a pit bull/lab mix

The victim was treated at a nearby hospital and did not require any stitches.

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Aug 11, 2016 Rockford Pit Bull Attacks Police Officer During Drug Raid

Rockford - When police broke into a suspected drug house during a bust, a pit bull broke out of its cage and latched on to a police officer’s leg.  Another deputy  shot the pit bull, but the bullet also grazed the deputy’s leg.  
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Aug 09, 2016 Chicago Alderman Lopez Uses Sick Stray Pit Bull Death To Push “No Kill”

Chicago - A new pet-activist alderman, Raymond Lopez (15th) is using the death of a sick stray pit bull as an excuse to push for No Kill in Chicago.  He has enlisted none other than the great and powerful Alderman Ed Burke in introducting a resolution to make Chicago a “no kill” city.  Burke must think there’s an angle in it or he thinks appealing to the well-heeled Chicago animal philanthropists will distract people enough to forget the recent discovery that he runs a $100 million worker’s compensation program completely in the dark.  

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Aug 07, 2016 Springfield Pit Bull Attacks Owner's Son

Springfield - According to a local news blog, a pit bull with history of biting and of killing animals including another pit bull puppy attacked its owner's son.   The police were called, but despite the attack history, the pit bull was not taken and the owner was not cited.  The pit bull owner's son and daughter fill in details in the comments. This attacking pit bull has attacked other people and killed animals including a 4 month old pit bull puppy named Chloe. News outlets did not cover this serious pit bull attack.

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Aug 05, 2016 Norridge pit bull owner Owner fails to show at dangerous dog hearing

Norridge - A pit bull onwer responsible for at least four attacks didn’t show in court, so judge just says, “Oh well, nothing we can do.  We’ll have to wait until he sees fit to show up before we can proceed with chargers.”  Funny, it doesn’t work that way for traffic court or…most other charges.

Two dog owners whose pets were injured in separate attacks in June 2014 and July of this year appeared at the court hearing at Village Hall to provide testimony against 48-year-old Vincenzo Recchia, the man who owns the pit bull.

Recchia, of the 4900 block of North Chester Avenue, is facing charges that he failed to restrain an unlicensed dog and did not have current rabies vaccinations for Vida, the pit bull police said attacked a Chihuahua and miniature pinscher being walked by their owner Will Leinberger on July 5 on the 8500 block of Ainslie Street.

According to Leinberger, who brought photos of his blood-drenched face to court with him to show the extent of his injuries from the day of the attack, Recchia grabbed the pit bull from his hands and ran back to his home after the attack, and his whereabouts are now unknown. His house has a for sale sign outside, and police couldn't say whether he still lived at the home, according to Leinberger.

Administrative Judge Donald Devlin was scheduled to decide whether to classify Vida as vicious at the Aug. 4 hearing, but despite Leinberger being in court along with another neighbor, Cindy Busse, whose poodle was reportedly injured two years ago by the same dog, Devlin continued the case to Sept. 8.

"We can't take (Recchia's) testimony because he's not here," Devlin said. "Sometimes freedom and democracy don't make a lot of sense."

The village designates dogs as vicious on a case-by-case basis, determined by the frequency and severity of its bites. If Vida would have been designated as vicious, the village would have required Recchia to keep the dog inside a 6-foot-tall enclosure, with the village having the authority to impound and euthanize it if the dog were to leave the property, according to police.

The continuance granted by the judge set the scene for a time of waiting for the victims, who said they live in fear of another attack.

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