Aurora Township - A Kane County sheriff’s deputy was bitten in the foot by a pit bull while the police where trying to subdue and arrest its owner who was resisting. RASHAAN STRAWDER faces numerous charges after he apparently lured a man to his home, robbed him, and then sicced his pit bull on him.
Rashaan Strawder - Criminal Pit Bull Owner
After police arrived, he resisted, there was a struggle, and the pit bull attacked a deputy. Both the pit bull and STRAWDER were tazed. The deputy was treated at the hospital for the dog bite through his boot and then released.
Urbana - While pit bull owner ANGELA NELSON was out of the house, her room mate was attacked by her pit bull when her room mate, a 67-year-old man, reprimanded the pit bull for urinating in the house. The man received serious injuries to the face, was taken to the hospital. The victim was in surgery for 4 hours and received 300 stitches to his face.
Urbana in December
The director of the Champaign County animal control department, Stephanie Joos, said that the pit bull had “very serious behavioral issues” and would be put down.
Chicago - This attack was never reported in the news. The pit bulls mauled Cedric Hawkins and left him seriously injured. His wife set up a Gofundme page in December:
Chicago needs BSL to clean up neighborhoods known for loose pit bulls
Three large pit bulls attacked my husband, Cedric
in an alley in a community known for loose and trained attack dogs in April of this year. In less than 10 minutes Cedric was left with open wounds to his face, head, ears, arms, back and legs. All the while he was being attacked, he was fighting for his life and saying to himself over and over "I've got to get home to my wife". The vicious attack ended when police were called to the scene and shot and killed two of the dogs. The third dog was captured and transported to the city pound (and later euthanized). As one can only imagine, the scene was tragic and horrific! Rather than help my husband, passersby stood by and watched! This incident left Cedric unable to work for over 5 months while he endured painful physical and mental therapies. His wounds have healed, leaving behind scars but the mental anguish he continues to endure is unimaginable as he has been diagnosed with PTSD and takes medication to help with anxiety and restless nights. “
Huntley - A neighbor’s pit bull invaded the yard of an elderly basset hound named Annie and a young shih tsu named Remi and severely mauled Annie. Their owner started a gofundme.
“On Thanksgiving morning, my pups, Annie (12yr old bassett hound) and Remi (1 yr old shitshu) were out in our back yard roaming our yard on their leads and the neighbors pit bull became loose from their yard and vicously attached my poor bassett hound Annie. Both of my pups were outside at the time but only Annie was attacked.
For those of you who know the breed, Annie is a very mild mannered pup, doesnt bark, is super friendly and very playful. With the attack happening on Thanksgiving our holiday was ruined.
Annie was taken to the Animal ER and went under surgery to repair the damage to her skin from the attack, she was left with numerious stitches and about a 10 inch gash, lots of bruising and in alot of pain. At her 1st checkup after the attack it was discovered that Annie's skin was not healing and that she had developed a bad infection in the upper part of her wound.
Annie had to go under a second surgery to remove the dead and rotting skin and to clean the infection out and she received new stitches and , more medications and now more healing time.
With all of this trama on my poor pup, she has issues with being out in the yard for any length of time and she barely leaves my side. Now when she is sleeping she is having nightmares, she starts to cry and growl in her sleep.
With everything that has happened with all of this, the police reports, animal control, vet bills and such, my neighbors are unwilling to help me with the expense of this, they have been issued citations and such and even animal control has a case pending against them for their dog. This is had been a very tramatic on me and my pups and has created a financial hardship.
My pups are my everything, they are my babies and are spoiled to death. Annie and Remi and inseparable, they go everywhere together and are lost without each other.
I am seeking to raise funds to help pay for her medical expenses and to make sure she is secure and happy in our yard. With all the funds raised it will pay her amounting medical bills which are currently about $2k and the remainder will be used to fence and secure the yard so that Annie and Remi will have a safe place to play.”