This week a pit bull was shot by police officers in Elgin after it attacked a neighbor’s dog, another pit bull. Fortunately no one was seriously hurt but the pit bulls life could have been spared if the owners were more responsible and ensured the pit bull was restrained. It was reported that around 6:30 p.m. Monday night the pit bull got loose and attacked a neighbor’s dog causing residents to call police. Jose Diaz arrived when police arrived on the scene and said the pit-bull, Rocco, belongs to his 19 year old son, Christian Diaz. The dog was taken to his girlfriend’s house which was why he was not in his kennel at the time. Diaz said he is unsure how the dog got out but somehow it managed to go into the neighbor’s yard with another pit-bull. Diaz made an attempt to keep the dogs apart with a folding chair however he was not successful. In the process the neighbor’s pit-bull bit Diaz’s hand, Diaz said “after Rocco saw I got bit…he went after the dog. That’s when he decided to go all out on him.” At that point no one could get the two dogs apart so police shot Rocco who police say was killed instantly. Diaz said there was nothing they could do.
The other pit bull was taken to an animal hospital for treatment, his injuries were not life threatening. Animal control officers are still investigating and police said charges are pending. Christian Diaz has seven previous citations from the past two months relating to Rocco including leaving Rocco off the leash, and Rocco charging other people and dogs, police said. Incidents such as these can be prevented if dog owners take measures to stop their dogs from attacking others such as not leaving them unrestrained or unsupervised. Calling for a ban on the breed would be unfair to responsible pit bull owners everywhere. Chicago injury attorneys Zneimer & Zneimer specialize in dog bit cases. Often dog bites are attributed to unrestrained dogs. If you or someone you know have been involved in a dog bite incident, it is important that you know your rights. Contact Zneimer & Zneimer p.c. for a free personal injury consultation.