Pit bull attacks Glenview teen, and Chicago dog owner is ticketed

A Chicago man's pit bull terrier attacked a 14-year-old boy riding a bicycle in Glenview last week, authorities said. Full Story
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Steelpedler

Spring Hill, TN

#1 Aug 20, 2008
Thanks Trib for bringing us this inciteful story so relevant to all of our lives. I'd expect to see this in my local podunk newspaper.
Juan

Danforth, IL

#7 Aug 20, 2008
jajski wrote:
all pit bulls in the nation should be sterilized.
Let the breed die out.
This is a shame ...
Why? Properly raised dogs do not attack.
ClaireZ

Munster, IN

#8 Aug 20, 2008
Steelpedler wrote:
Thanks Trib for bringing us this inciteful story so relevant to all of our lives. I'd expect to see this in my local podunk newspaper.
You should report the guy who held the gun to your head and forced you to read the article to the authorities.
Not so fast

Crystal Lake, IL

#10 Aug 20, 2008
My daughter has a part pit-bull. And, before she got him, he bit people. She's retrained him and he's extremely loveable. PEOPLE make the dogs mean.

The owner of this dog should be charged with the same ordinance as someone who would leave a loaded gun lying around.
alaz

Lincolnshire, IL

#11 Aug 20, 2008
Steelpedler wrote:
Thanks Trib for bringing us this inciteful story so relevant to all of our lives. I'd expect to see this in my local podunk newspaper.
Why do you complain? If you don't like the Trib then don't read it.
Big Ticket Item

Shorewood, IL

#12 Aug 20, 2008
A ticket in larger amounts would perhaps make people think longer about getting a less cantankerous pet.
krebs

United States

#13 Aug 20, 2008
Everything should be banned.
Thanks for the laffs

Palos Heights, IL

#15 Aug 20, 2008
Dead dog I assume .. euthanize the owner

“Bene Gesserit”

Since: Oct 07

Lincoln Park

#16 Aug 20, 2008
HOOOORAAAAY!!!! I get to cut and paste this again:

WOW this is like the millionth report of a pitbull mauling a person in the news. like omg WAKE UP people! Obviously this is a dangerous breed and needs to be banned and outlawed to breed. Pitt Bull owners BE CAREFULL! they will turn on you and kill you, if not you then one of your family members! Let us highlight the fact that attacks by pitbulls are steadily occurring. In fact, it reinforces the topic that people are still talking about how DANGEROUS this breed is. On personal experience, Ive seen pit bulls attack other dogs. basically, the pit bull owners think they can control their dog and the dog "snaps" and we call the cops. They are banned in various part of Canada and Australia, fully banned in the UK, Denmark, Norway, and in some states in the USA. Please if you are a pit bull owner BE CAREFUL and don't become part of the statistic of an owner being mauled or killed by this breed. I will post more attacks as they come.

BAN PIT BULLS NOW!!
Cheap-Shot

Chicago, IL

#17 Aug 20, 2008
Matt wrote:
"Ohhhh, the pit bull is great with kids! It was the dog in the Little Rascals!!!"
"I've never seen such a sweeter breed of dog!"
"It's the OWNER'S fault, not the dog's!"
Yeah yeah yeah. Pit bulls are responsible for the majority of attacks and deaths on people in the United States. For dog fights, pit bulls are used because they can rip other animals to pieces, and when they lose the slimes who put them in the fight just set them loose on the public.
BAN THESE DOGS.
Do the research, your statistics about attacks and deaths are 100% wrong. However, I do agree that something must be done to prevent this. Obviously, higher fees or stricter license rules won't work, because the thugs that use these dogs for fighting and status don't care about the rule of law. I think that we need to sieze vehicles, homes, and other assets of the people who are using these dogs in fights. Preventative laws won't work.
LOL

Mchenry, IL

#18 Aug 20, 2008
Matt wrote:
"Ohhhh, the pit bull is great with kids! It was the dog in the Little Rascals!!!"
"I've never seen such a sweeter breed of dog!"
"It's the OWNER'S fault, not the dog's!"
Yeah yeah yeah. Pit bulls are responsible for the majority of attacks and deaths on people in the United States.
Majority of attacks and deaths?...I don't think so...Cocker Spaniels bite more often that pitbulls...I'd like to see where you came up with that info.
Marie

United States

#20 Aug 20, 2008
krebs wrote:
Everything should be banned.
LOL
Fan

Mchenry, IL

#21 Aug 20, 2008
I hope the 14 year old is okay. People really need to stop placing animals feelings before the feelings of human beings. Put the attack dog to sleep.
Larry

Willowbrook, IL

#23 Aug 20, 2008
That's what my friend said. His best friend had three pit bulls who were "the sweetest dogs." And they were... until one day when they snapped for no apparent reason and killed him.

Pit Bulls should be banned.
Juan wrote:
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Why? Properly raised dogs do not attack.
Joe Blow

United States

#25 Aug 20, 2008
Just wait...this board is going to blow up pretty soon with people posting messages like "why is the Trib picking on pit bulls" or "the kid provoked the dog" or "it's the owner, not the dog" or "how do they know it was a pit bull".

They can't use the neighborhood as an excuse (i.e. this happens in the ghetto because of thugs owning the breed). Glenview is as upscale as it gets (famous for the $1 mil "tear-down" homes). Pits just have a natural tendency to be violent & aggressive. I am sure there are people who can train them to not be violent & aggressive, but you shouldn't have to be the Sigfried and Roy of dog training to own a Pit Bull.

If these dogs are that tough to train, then treat them like guns and require people to get a dog-owners license and require mandatory training. I am all in favor of communities determining if they should ban certain breeds. I just don't think it would hold up to a supreme court challenge.
Flyer

Chicago, IL

#26 Aug 20, 2008
What was the Logan Square resident doing in Glenview letting his dog run loose in the first place? Selling drugs no doubt.
NMFTL

United States

#27 Aug 20, 2008
Cheap-Shot wrote:
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Do the research, your statistics about attacks and deaths are 100% wrong. However, I do agree that something must be done to prevent this. Obviously, higher fees or stricter license rules won't work, because the thugs that use these dogs for fighting and status don't care about the rule of law. I think that we need to sieze vehicles, homes, and other assets of the people who are using these dogs in fights. Preventative laws won't work.
Why do you guys keep saying to do research, when you obviously have not done any? Here are stats from an organization (CDC) that has no agenda on breed-specific bans (in fact, they are against bans). You guys make these statements as if you have a PHD in dog breeds. What, do people need to get a PHD in dog breeding before posting on this topic?

http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/duip/dogbreeds.pdf

Look at this report and tell me where your beloved pit bull falls (#1 with a bullet, if you don't want to read it).
Matt

Chicago, IL

#28 Aug 20, 2008
Cheap-Shot wrote:
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Do the research, your statistics about attacks and deaths are 100% wrong.
From the Center for Disease Control:
"Attacks by pit bulls accounted for about a third of the 238 fatal dog attacks in the United States during a 20-year study, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pit bulls were blamed for killing 76 people, or 32 percent, during a study of dog attacks from 1979-1998, the study showed. Rottweilers were the second most deadly animal, reportedly killing 44 people, or 18.5 percent, during the same period."

Thanks for playing, though.
Paul

Chicago, IL

#29 Aug 20, 2008
Fan wrote:
I hope the 14 year old is okay. People really need to stop placing animals feelings before the feelings of human beings. Put the attack dog to sleep.
YES! This is the best reply Ive heard to date - forget the fine. Have the owner pay the hospital bills then put the pitbull to sleep. Of course this layw would only pertain to the pitbulls since Ive never heard any other dogs chasing and attacking people as much as these dogs.
NMFTL

United States

#30 Aug 20, 2008
LOL wrote:
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Majority of attacks and deaths?...I don't think so...Cocker Spaniels bite more often that pitbulls...I'd like to see where you came up with that info.
You are obviously misinformed. Look where Cocker Spaniels fall on this report (from the CDC).

http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/duip/dogbreeds.pdf

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