Animal Rights

Pit Bulls Attack Pet Sitters in Arizona and Illinois

| by Denise A Justin

Pit Bull Attacks Glendale AZ Woman; Shot, Killed by Police

A 27-year-old woman is still listed in serious condition after she was brutally attacked by the pit bull she was pet sitting for a friend, according to a February 1, 2012, update. 

The attack occurred on January 21 just after 3 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 6000 block of W. Bethany Home Road. According to Glendale Police, the woman was severely bitten on the back of her neck and all the way down her spine.The dog was continuing its attack while the owner tried to stop it and also sustained bite wounds on his legs, according to Lucio Guerro, who called the police, stated that the owner had returned and “…was hitting the dog with chains, but it wouldn't get off."

The police officer who responded was a six-year veteran of the Glendale Police Department. He tried to stop the attack by pulling the pit bull away from the woman, but the dog immediately turned its aggression toward him. “Fearing for his life, the officer shot and killed the dog. He most likely saved the life of the female that was being attacked," police said in a statement.  

The woman was rushed to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The dog owner’s bite wounds were not severe. The victim later said she was familiar with the dog, but it just suddenly attacked.

Officers shoot 2 Pit Bulls Attacking Elderly Illinois Couple

Police officers shot and killed two Pit Bulls to stop the gruesome attack on an Elmhurst couple pet sitting one of the dogs. (Elmhurst is a historical suburb of Chicago.)Elmhurst Mayor Pete DiCianni said the couple was watching a relative's Pit Bull at their home in the 600 block of North Kenilworth Avenue, when it suddenly attacked their own dog.

“The Pit Bull then turned on them,” he said.  Police responded to a 911 call placed at 4:57 p.m. on January 24, 2012, according to A pit bull was still savagely biting the 63-year-old male victim when they arrived at the scene. The man, identified as Robert Moore, was covered in blood, according to a police report. He was on the front porch at that time of the attack. 

Officers attempted to make the dog release its grip on Moore, but it would not let go of the man. One officer pulled his service revolver and shot the dog in order to save the victim’s life. 

“Moore suffered severe injuries to his arms and leg,” according to a police department news release. He was transported to Loyola University Medical Center and was reported in stable condition the following night. There has been no report of his release from the hospital. "From what I understand this gentleman could have been dead.

The pit bull had chunks of flesh off his leg and off his arms. God forbid he went after his neck,” DiCianni told the Elmhurst Press.The other person injured in the attack was identified by police as Patricia Koprowski, 70. She was transported to Elmhurst Hospital, with serious dog bites to her arm.Officers then attempted to subdue the other pit bull which was loose on the front lawn, but it aggressively charged toward other officers. The dog was shot using a service shotgun, police said.
Koprowski was released after treatment. Moore was reported in serious but stable condition at last report. The deceased animals were transported to DuPage County Animal Care and Control.  Elmhurst Police did not release the names of the dog owners. The second Pit Bull was believed to possibly be a loose dog in the neighborhood. 

However, Donna Arnone, a neighbor, said she has not observed any problems with dogs.Kulwinder Sandhu, however, said she frequently sees owners walking their dogs off-leash in the neighborhood and is frightened by them. “I see a lot of unleashed dogs. We are scared,” she told Chicago-area pit bull attacks have prompted a recommendation for review of dog ordinances. 

A few weeks ago two pit bulls attacked Joseph Finley, a jogger, on the shore of Lake Michigan,which resulted in the amputation of his foot and part of his leg.
Days later, a woman was reportedly cited after an officer said her pit bulls attacked his police dog several times.