Evanston police say an officer shot and killed a stray pit bull that was attacking a woman and her dog in the 1100 block of Oak Avenue Thursday afternoon.

The Chicago Tribune quotes police Cmdr. Jay Parrott as saying the officer saw the pit bull, a stray, bite the woman on the leg when she tried to protect her dog from the pit bull’s assault and shot the pit bull to stop the attack. The incident happened about 3 p.m.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Good Shot

    Many Pit Bulls are breed or trained to attack or kill and some are trained to be good pets. The officer was correct in shooting the dog. It also saved money for the city by not boarding the dog and putting it down later.

  2. Larimer Park=Unleashed Pit Bull Central

    How do they know the Pit Bull was a stray? I have seen unleashed pit bulls quite frequently in Larimer Park  (which is right near where this incident took place) with their owners hanging out.

    I always call the cops since it is a violation of the leash law.  There is no such thing as a "stray dog."  Someone either abandoned it or couldn't control it. The owner should be cited.

    1. Pitbull ban

      You are quick to say they need to be banned. How much do you know about them? Please enlighten us with your expertise. 

      For those who are not on the banning bandwagon, if you have the time, get a hold of a copy of Beyond the Myth. It is an excellent movie which dispells the rumors about the breed and how wrong breed specific legislation is. I was never a fan of banning breeds, but after seeing this movie, I now am even less of a fan of these laws. 

      These laws are also ineffective – 

      "There is no evidence that breed-specific laws—which are costly and difficult to enforce—make communities safer for people or companion animals. For example, Prince George’s County, MD, spends more than $250,000 annually to enforce its ban on Pit Bulls. In 2003, a study conducted by the county on the ban’s effectiveness noted that “public safety is not improved as a result of [the ban],” and that “there is no transgression committed by owner or animal that is not covered by another, non-breed specific portion of the Animal Control Code (i.e., vicious animal, nuisance animal, leash laws).”
      Following a thorough study of human fatalities resulting from dog bites, the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) decided not to support BSL. The CDC cited, among other problems, the inaccuracy of dog bite data and the difficulty in identifying dog breeds (especially true of mixed-breed dogs). The CDC also noted the likelihood that as certain breeds are regulated, those who exploit dogs by making them aggressive will replace them with other, unregulated breeds."


      Oh yea, one other thing, Illinois law prohibits towns from enacting breed specific legislation.

      1. No ban

        Agreed – a ban would throw out the baby with the bathwater.  Many people, including families, have perfectly well-adjusted pit bull type dogs as pets.  And a ban would not address the actual issue, which is human mistreatment.   

        Bottom line: problem dogs are made, not born.  The challenge is to keep all animals out of the reach of problem people.

  3. Ban the deed, not the breed

    It is always scary and sad when a dog attacks.  But the breed (or non-breed, as pit bull is not a breed) is much less relevant than other questions that were not answered by either the Tribune nor this repost. 

    1) Who owns this dog?  The article refers to it as a stray but then refers to its owner.  Which is it?

    2) Is the dog intact?  Intact male dogs will always be more aggressive than neutered dogs.  There are a million reasons to neuter and absolutely no reason not to.

    3) What care/homelife did this animal have prior to this event (since it appears to have had an owner)?  Abuse, neglect, lack of socialization, use as a guard dog, etc., will cause attacks, not genetics. 

    Educate yourself on the mistreatment of pit bull type dogs (the thug dog du jour, after Rottweilers and Dobermans) before blaming the animal.  There is a human responsible for this who needs to be held accountable. 

    Facts and history:






    Rescue, training, and extraordinary potential for rehabilitation:






    1. Prejudice

      Of course you are correct but it's so much easier to blame the whole group … reminds me of how some view certain groups of people.

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