Family Pet is Killed by Two Pit Bulls
A 31-year old Round Lake Beach woman was treated for severe injuries after she tried to separate her family dog from two pit bulls. It happened around 8:00 AM on Sunday morning in the 200 block of S. Channel while she and her 2-year old daughter were in their backyard feeding some wildlife. When the two pit bulls, who had entered her yard, began to attack her dog, she immediately loosened his leash from a ground stake and ran with him into her house. The two dogs chased them and attacked her from the rear, leaving deep wounds on her back. They followed her inside and continued the attack on the family dog. She was successful in pulling one dog’s mouth apart to release his grip, only to have the other dog continue the attack. She then used a child’s plastic pedal car in an attempt to separate them. A short time later, a boy about 8-years old entered the family room and was able to get the dogs back outside, possibly being injured himself. Then one of the owners was seen in the yard looking for the dogs as well. With blood all over inside and on the dogs, the owner never returned to see how the woman was or to apologize.
During the melee, her 2-year old daughter also came to the pets rescue and received scratches on her legs.
The woman is scheduled to see a specialist on Monday to determine if there is any nerve damage on her badly swollen right hand. Sadly, Mickey, their Boston Terrier had to be put down due to the extent of his injuries.
The police were able to locate the owners of the dogs on the next street over. The owners received several citations including failure to have their dogs vaccinated. Both dogs are currently being held in quarantine. If either shows signs of aggression during that time and if the owners reclaim them they will be required to erect a 7′ tall fence and post signs warning people about their dogs. Being tenants, they may not want the expense of installing a fence on a property that they don’t own. It has been reported that this is not the first time these dogs have run loose.