Southside Chicago resident, Marilyn Grimes, 64, is in critical condition at John H. Stroger, Jr., Hospital and her beloved Chihuahua, Queenie, is dead, following a vicious, unprovoked attack by a neighbor’s three Pit Bulls in Calumet Heights on Saturday.
“She’s going to make it. As far as her left leg, they don’t know yet,” cousin Mildred Carter told CBS News.
Grimes, described by her family as a sweet person and animal lover, and her 5-year-old Chihuahua were walking in an alley in the 8700 block of South Cregier Avenue, when suddenly the Pit Bulls broke out of a nearby yard around 6:30 p.m.
The owner of the three dogs tried to intervene and also was injured, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien. Katesha Curtiss, age 23, was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital, where her condition was stabilized, according to the Fire Department.
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The entire tragedy took place within about a 15-minute period, leaving the two women hurt and three children needing to be rescued by firefighters.
It was a tragic incident, but it could have been worse — but for quick-thinking police and quick-responding firefighters, reports Jay Levine of CBS.
Curtiss said she had reached out to Marilyn Grimes’family. “I just want to tell her I’m sorry. I’m not a bad person. I take really good care of my dogs,” she said. .
After the attack, her dogs reportedly ran back into the house where they were blocked by officers to prevent them from getting out again. Unfortunately, there were three children in an upstairs bedroom.
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“Luckily for us, their bedroom door was closed, but the only way to get out of the bedroom was through the window. That’s when we called CFD to have their ladder come,” Chicago Police Sgt. Mark Nottoli told reporters.
When the children had been safely rescued, police officers and animal control personnel went into the house to try to get the dogs, who were so agitated that authorities had to use stun guns to subdue them.
Grimes was severely injured, Nottoli said. Her legs were mauled and the flesh was torn off. She had a broken hand and puncture wounds on her arms and face, Sgt. Nottoli said.
Witness D’Angelo Wilborn says the victim’s leg was missing skin from knee to ankle.
The Pit Bulls were impounded by the city's Commission on Animal Care and Control, O'Brien said. The owner is expected to face citations in the incident.