Police investigate dog attacks


Evanston police say they're trying to determine whether a pit bull dog that bit another dog and its owner this week have been involved in other incidents.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says officers were called to the 1100 block of Elmwood Avenue about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday where they were told of an incident that began when two residents got out of their car in the alley with their Maltese dog.

The dog ran to the fence of a residence in the 1100 block of Sherman Avenue, Dugan says. Two pit bulls ran out of that the yard and, as the Maltese's owner attempted to intervene, one of the pit bulls bit the Maltese dog and its owner. Dugan says owners of all the dogs involved were at the scene when officers arrived.

Since then, Dugan says, an anonymous citizen reported a similar, previously unreported incident in April that allegedly involving the same two dogs from the 1100 block of Sherman Avenue.

Dugan says any residents who have new, specific information about a personal interaction with dogs in that area are asked to contact the department's animal warden at 847-866-5031.

Update 7 p.m.: Evanston police now say the owner of the pit bull that bit the other dog and its owner earlier this week has surrendered the dog to the animal warden. After the dog goes through the rabies observation period, Cmdr. Dugan says, the animal shelter will evaluate it for potential re-homing with a new owner.

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