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Dog attack leads to charges

An Evanston couple walking their dog late Saturday night say a pit bull attacked their dog and also injured them.


An Evanston couple walking their dog late Saturday night say a pit bull attacked their dog and also injured them.

David and Sandy Roberts told neighbors they were out walking their chocolate Labrador retriever in the 1000 block of Florence Street when the other dog, from around the corner in the 1500 block of Greenleaf Avenue, attacked.

Their dog required stitches to its face, and Sandy Roberts said she needed emergency room treatment for a leg wound.

Evanston police say that when officers arrived on the scene they found a member of the family that owns the pit bull laying on top of the dog trying to control it.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says the police were told conflicting stories about how the incident developed and that they eventually charged a juvenile member of the family that owns the pit bull with an ordinance violation for obstructing officers in the performance of their duty.

Evanston’s animal control office isn’t staffed on Sunday, and the Roberts told neighbors they were initially told by police that nothing could be done about the dog immediately.

But Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, said later Sunday that the pit bull had been removed from the home and is no longer in the neighborhood.

Guenther says police are exploring “all options” in seeking a long-term solution regarding the animal.

Update 4:55 a.m.: Late Monday evening Alderman Wilson said that with the agreement of the pit bull’s owners the dog was euthanized Monday afternoon.

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