Sunday, May 17, 2015

BOYSTOWN: Pit Bull Attacks, Kills 2 Dogs On Broadway

UPDATE MAY 18 6:53PM—WGN-TV is picking up the story.
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A warm Saturday night dog walk took a terrible turn in Boystown last night when a pit bull attacked and killed two other dogs in the 3400 block of Broadway. No humans were injured.

The pit bull was on a walk with a relative of its owners when it suddenly turned on two smaller dogs across from the Best Western Hawthorne Terrace around 9:10PM.

Chicago Animal Care and Control took custody of the pit bull under the city's "vicious animals" ordinance.

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41 comments:

  1. Wonder if the Pit was a rescue?

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    1. What the hell is that supposed to mean?

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    2. You don't always know how the dog was treated in the past when it's rescue.

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  2. Oh, this is going to be an awesome comment section read!

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    1. Take whatever you imagined and triple it.

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    2. It's just coincidental that when I lived in Lakeview East 4 years ago I told a guy to keep his putbull that he couldn't control away from me and my two dogs as we were not crossing the street.

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  3. Pitbulls should be illegal in Chicago.

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    1. I agree. My spine tingles every time one walks by. Like a loaded gun they are.

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    2. They are WORSE than a loaded gun. A loaded gun does not have free will and the ability to lurch away from its owner to do severe damage on its own.

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    3. Clearly the above posters know nothing about dog behavior.

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    4. Hey that person said they were bitten by two bagels not one, let's get the facts straight (breads)

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  4. Awful. Condolences to those pet owners. That is a nightmare.

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    1. All Pitts are not mean. Lots of breads bite they just don't have the reputation Pitts have.

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    2. Another ignorant moron in denial claiming lots of dogs bite so pit bulls are no different. It's "breeds," not "breads," Einstein.

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    3. Hey, I was bitten by a bread once. At Einstein's bagels, I think.

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    4. Yes, they were run out of business because of that. Had to file bankruptcy because of the lawsuit. That bagel rolling down the street with that hunk of flesh flapping was gruesome.

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  5. Geez, I walk my dog in that area all the time. Hope the dog owners are aiming for the attacker's bank accounts.

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    1. Yeah, that'll make things better. Nevermind the demographic of the average pitbull owner doesn't have a pot or a window.

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  6. I too walk my dog past that area daily. In fact, I was there less than hour ago. I expected to see some evidence of this but, there was none (blood).

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    1. You should have been there last night. It was awful.

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    2. I'll bet it looked like Hellmont near the Red Line will look like a little later this summer.

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  7. I live about a block from that spot and I'm a small dog owner, so this story is hits close to home. If these are neighborhood dogs, there is a good chance that I've seen/met one of all of them. (Contrary to the anonymous quote above, there are several pit bulls and pittie mixes in the neighborhood who we encounter regularly on our walks and I'm fairly certain all of their owners have both windows and pots in their home.) My heart breaks for all involved.

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  8. my dog was attacked by a pitbull years ago. As a police officer told me, you can only go to court if the human is attacked if the dog kills your dog good luck. Pits do not belong in the city. With all the dogs being put down we don't need to breed anymore..period

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  9. I was there. Just walking by with my girlfriend and it happened right in front of us. It was like a horror movie. I still hear the poor woman's screams of NO! Terrible.

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  10. Just last week Judge Judy had a case where a 30 pound pit bull was being walked by a 7-year old girl who weighed 40 pounds. Her parents thought that was just fine to have a small child in charge of a dog like that. The pitbull lunged and bit the neighbor dog's face off. Then the next week it attacked another neighbor's child. But the pitbull owners still defended their right to have that dog in the neighborhood. Judge Judy went berserk on them, needless to say.

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  11. So sorry to hear this. Breaks my heart.

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  12. Through no fault of their own, of course, Pit Bulls have been bred and trained to be vicious killers. Now, throw in the fact that most -- not all, most -- of the owners of this breed either (a) have no idea what they're doing, or (b) deliberately treat these dogs in a manner designed to reinforce their fighting instincts, and you have nightmares like this waiting to happen. One way to stop the over-breeding and over-ownership of Pit Bulls is to require that anyone who wants to own one has to post a large cash bond and take handling classes.

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    1. Oh yes...that will work...just like the laws requiring that all drivers have auto insurance and all gun owners have licenses and all mind altering drugs are illegal?

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    2. If it keeps even a few incompetent owners from owning these acccidents-waiting-to-happen, then yeah, it would be a good move.

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  13. A couple in my building have a pit bull that is very friendly, but it still make me nervous when I encounter it.

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  14. This is terribly sad and a nightmare for everyone involved -- My husband and I have an AmStaff and a pit bull (both male) and are not naive to their power or the perception people have of them. We knew when we adopted them that there would be certain things we just couldn't do as dog owners. They are very strong and high energy, so we rarely let them greet other dogs on leash. Dog parks are out of the question, not only for personal reasons but also because of the vibe change that occurred every time we showed up and others were there. We run with them to get their energy out and they play with each other and our friends dogs enough to be appropriately socialized, but even we admit that there is a hesitancy when it comes to other dogs. If something ever happened, regardless of the impetus, our dogs would shoulder the blame. Our dogs are not the menace to society many people think they are, but we won't change everyone's opinion. The best we can do is be responsible pet owners, keeping our dogs and others' in the neighborhood safe.

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    1. You are a paragon for other pit bull dog owners. However, you are definitely the minority.

      My personal experience is from being at a dog park (Wiggly field) and having a pitbull attack my dog unprovoked. Unprovoked meaning my dog was facing the complete opposite direction as the pitbull dog was previously barking at strangers. He nipped her ear before she took cover at a nearby bench. Had it not been for the quick intervention on my part... I don't even want to consider that scenario.

      The owner calmly took his dog and walked out of the park WITHOUT A WORD, as we examined her injuries. Owner's behavior indicated this was not an usual occurrence... then why even go to a dog park?

      Bottom line: irresponsible dog owners SUCK.

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    2. Dog parks are not my favorite places for a number of reasons, most of which have more to do with the dog owners than the dogs themselves, but I am sorry that happened to your dog. An attack like that can change a dog's personality even if it doesn't hurt them physically. Irresponsible dog owners DO suck!

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  15. I just googled pit bulls to see what they look like and the pics are frightening.
    I can't believe that any apartment management company or condo association would allow a dog like this in their building.
    Is is possible to city council could vote to ban pit bulls in the city of Chicago.
    I mean they voted on that stupid foie gras thing about 10 years ago, could they put this up for vote?

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    1. They are so dangerous that a resident in our building was evicted for just bringing one into the building. It wasn't even his. He was petsitting for a weekend. When the neighbors saw him with it in the lobby we signed a petition to have him evicted. Good riddance.

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    2. Google "pit bull attacks" and view the hundreds of images of adults and little children with their faces chewed off.

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  16. They were our dogs. The most ferrying experience of my life. The pitbull killed the Maltese first. She was the most kind dog who loved children. I still can't sleep at night. Her scream haunts me. These dogs were part of our family for 7 years.

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    1. So very sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the devastation of this traumatic experience.

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    2. I am so sorry... all of us who have dogs feel for you. The last thing you ever want to hear is your dog's scream, let alone losing them so unbelievably.

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  17. Banning pit bulls has been tried in 700 US cities and towns since the '80s. It's called Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and it hasn't resulted in a decrease of dog bites according the Centers for Disease Control and the American Bar Association. The laws are being repealed all over the world in favor of strict neutral-breed ownership laws and low cost spay-neuter programs.

    Dog attacks are awful. Traumatic. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as taking a vote. Nothing is, really. Hundreds of volunteers have been working with the city to help prevent unwanted litters and promote responsible dog ownership. They've done amazing work over the last decade but it takes a lot of patience and a lot of cash to reduce a pittie population and so far the city is not throwing in their share of this pizza party.

    If you are afraid of pitties and want to do something effective, consider donating to a low cost spay/neuter program.
    http://www.onetail.

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  18. WOW! Way to go neighbors, and landlord too.

    I wish we could clone 'em -- vote out the alderclods who flat out REFUSE to deal with a crime problem that's way more dangerous than some doofus babysitting a damn dog for a weekend.

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