Man attacked by at least 5 pit bulls on West Side, critically injured

A man was left in critical condition after being attacked by at least five pit bull terriers on the West Side, police said.

The attack happened about 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the 1200 block of South Kedzie Avenue in the Lawndale neighborhood.

The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

Police have not released details of the attack or if the dogs’ owners will face criminal charges.

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14 comments

  • esco

    Geez, what a nightmare. There should be zoning laws for this breed. I never understood people that need a guard dog for a pet. Pit bulls don't belong in family neighborhoods, or inner cities.
    If you are that attached to the breed you should move out to the boonies where the chance of your dog killing someone decreases.

    • practicalone2

      Hey, my cousins in the country don't what the bred-to-maul-and-kill bullies in the rural areas either. Pits are the best at escaping and breaking in to barns to kill their victim cattle, ponies, horses. No let pits become extinct

  • Alex

    Jon,
    I believe you're mind-set is from 1911. You should pull your head out of your derrière. These are very powerful dogs yes & having grown up in a neighborhood with gangs & drugs I have seen the horrible things these dogs can do. However it was due to their owners. Normal & responsible owners don't put huge chains on their necks or get them to clamp onto a swing that has been raised only to punch it in its hind quarters while its latched on. I've also lived in a home with two out bulls & they were the best behaved & safest dogs to be around. Read a book & use experience instead of what you read that doesn't even have all the facts.

  • dava

    Ah, Alex, it is your mind that hasn't absorbed the hundreds of attacks just this year alone…and most by the loving family pit bull, raised from a puppy, sent to obedience school, certified to be safe that just ripped the face off a child, a neighbor, the mailman, a policeman, another person's beloved pet…on and on and on and on and on and on. There is no doubt that pit bulls are a menace to public safety. There is no doubt that people such as Alex will help pit bulls continue attacking by spouting senseless jargon that the pit bulls prove wrong every day.

    • Snoopy

      Snobby statement. You just entice people to prove you wrong. Everyone with common sense and intelligence knows that no breed is a bad breed. People like you are exactly why pit bulls are so popular, and gaining traction, while BSL is becoming outlawed. You people woke up a sleeping giant, and even Obama and the federal government is going to now make efforts to outlaws BSL.

      • practicalone2

        Snoopy, so you're saying that a million surplus pits born year after year after year, so that many MUST be killed in pounds because supply far far outweighs demand, dog fighting continuing and growing, it's impossible to stop the one-on-one fights between neighbor, friends, enemies, pits the best at escaping to maim/kill victim dogs, sometimes invading yards and homes to savage the victims dogs… What problem? asks Snoopy. "I'm fine and that's all that matters to me: ME!"

        Pit mongers cause the pit crisis to continue. When they say that pits are normal dogs is raised perfectly, naive people BUY pit puppies, keeping the demand up, so breeders keep breeding.

        No dog is born "bad", but when pits attack for no reason, immediately do damage, do not stop,, pit bulls are being GOOD PIT BULLS, doing exactly what they were selectively bred to do. Pits ARE different. That's why all USA dog fighters use only pits.

        You do realize that you are the same as those who fight dogs: dog suffering and death is acceptable to you, a small "price to pay" for your ability to breed/own the dog of your choice.

  • pitman

    i have a pit raised from puppy and have no problem its the way u raise and correct the dog shes just like a kid a heart plays with anyone or anything again its the way u raise them

  • Elizabeth

    20 dead by dog attack so far in 2013.
    Pit bull type dogs killed nineteen of them. Eleven of the nineteen dead are children.
    Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression before’, and knew the victim.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (11):
    Christian Gormanous – 4 yrs old
    Isaiah Aguilar – 2 yrs old
    Ryan Maxwell – 7 yrs old **
    Dax Borchardt – 14 mos old **
    Monica Laminack – 21 mos old **
    Tyler Jett – 7 yrs old
    Jordyn Arndt – 4 yrs old **
    Beau Rutledge – 2 yrs old **
    Ayden Evans- 5 yrs old **
    Nephi Selu – 6 yrs old **
    Arianna Jolee Merrbach – 5 yrs old

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type (8):
    Betty Todd – 65 yrs old **
    Elsie Grace – 91 yrs old **
    Claudia Gallardo – 38 yrs old
    Pamela Devitt – 63 yrs old
    Carlton Freeman – 80 yrs old
    Linda Oliver – 63 yrs old
    James Harding – 62 yrs old – chased into traffic by two attacking pit bulls
    Juan Campos – 92 yrs old

    (1 non-pit type killing) [Rachel Honabarger – 35 yrs old – mauled to death by her own GSD mix]

    Two of the pit bull type dogs were BULL mastiffs, ie 40% pit-fighting bulldog.

    If 17 of 20 dead were killed by pit bull attack, that's 85% dead by pit attack, 10% dead by 'molosser', 5% by some kind of GSD mix.

    If you count the pit-mix mastiffs as pit bull types, that's 95% killed by attacking pit bull types.

    The man who ran into traffic kept pit bulls himself. He knew perfectly well what the two stranger pit bulls that were were chasing him would do if they caught him, so he preferred to risk a swift death by oncoming car.

    Said the father of one of the dead children: “It's truly a sad day when people are so willing to discount all the lives that have been taken by pit bull type dogs. To them they are just isolated events that give their dogs a bad rap. When they hear of another death by pit they don't think about how painful it must have been to die that way, that a parent will never get to see their child grow up, or of the kids that don't understand why mommy's never coming home. No, all they think about is how bad it's going to make their breed look. But they're not isolated events. They are our children, our parents, our loved ones and our friends. They had a name, life, and soul.”

  • Elizabeth

    Fatalities reported in 2005
    News organizations reported at least 29 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2005. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (15 attacks), followed by Rottweilers (6 attacks):

    Fatalities reported in 2006
    News organizations reported at least 30 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2006. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (16 attacks), followed by Rottweilers (9 attacks).

    Fatalities reported in 2007
    News organizations reported at least 34 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2007. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (18 attacks), followed by Rottweilers (4 attacks).

    Fatalities reported in 2008
    News organizations reported at least 23 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2008. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (14 attacks), followed by Huskies (3 attacks).

    Fatalities reported in 2009
    News organizations reported at least 30 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2009. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (14 attacks), followed by Rottweilers (4 attacks).

    Fatalities reported in 2010
    News organizations reported at least 34 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2010. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (18 attacks), followed by Rottweilers (4 attacks).

    Fatalities reported in 2011
    News organizations reported at least 31 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2011. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (21 attacks).

    Fatalities reported in 2012
    News organizations have reported 34 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2012. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (20 attacks).

  • Elizabeth

    I wish the pit BULLY people would be honest.
    If they were, this is what they would write:

    I am a bully. I'm attracted to the vicarious power and aggression of pits, THE choice of all USA dog fighters.
    I HAVE MY RIGHTS, my right to own the dog of my choice and the right to let my dogs do what they want. My dogs are an extension of myself, so you'd better not limit my dogs, as you'll be limiting me!
    I have the right to breed, sell and own THE dog that were created by dog fighters and pits who created the dead game fighting dogs. All USA dog fighters use.
    If you don't want your pets to be torn apart and killed by my pits, don't own any pets! If you don't want your kids to be attacked by my pits, don't have kids!
    If you don't want to be attacked and killed while taking a walk, then stay indoors.

    • Snoopy

      I'm a pit bull person, and like many of us, I love bully breeds, because they are loyal, athletic, easy to train, and protective. It is all how they are raised. I think you are looking at all of the people that own pit bulls as a whole, and thinking they are all the same. Trust me, the people that get these dogs for the wrong reasons are the people that you are taking about, and many of us just save dogs, and feel bad for pit bulls. Someone has to make the difference, and show the world that pit bulls aren't bad, and that it is only bad owners that need to be worried about. Just like owners of other breeds are not the same, the owners of bully breeds are not the same. I despise of bad owners, and the more owners there are like me, the less likely thugs will desire pit bulls, and the problem goes away. Rather than hating pit bulls, because they aren't going anywhere, try to promote safety, or like you said, stay inside. There are many dangers out there, and really, pit bulls are the least of worries, unless you live in a crappy area where thugs train their dogs to be vicious, neglect, and/or abuse them. In that case, you really could careless for your well being, because of the many other concerns. I always tell people that you have a choice where you live, and if you live in the ghetto, that is on you, and expect not so nice things to happen. It's like living next to an airport or railroad tracks, but complaining about the noise. Bad neighborhoods will always have bad dogs, and that's never going to change. Thugs are going towards mastiffs now, and in 5-10 years, people like you will be saying that is the evil breed. Dogs just aren't going anywhere, and the more you vilify breeds, the more popular you make that breed, because everyone that wants a scary dog will want that dog. This is nothing new all all, and there have been many vilified breeds over the past 150 years.

  • pitman

    well i can say my pit has seen every walk off life and has not even tried to let me down on her breed because its the way u raise them and teach them yes people are training these dogs to attack and thats the problem if u train them like a kid and show them its not ok when young then results are wonderful mine is 6 yrs old brindel pit and loves everyone and everything all age kids adults animals i would bet my life she would not hurt anything yes very protective over children but not aggressive or attack at moments notice she does growl when someone she feels is being strange but has never tried to attack again its the way u raise them

  • Reb

    Pit bull owners always say the same thing.. "MY dog is sweet, harmless, wouldn't hurt a fly.. blah blah blah" then the next thing you know they're in the news looking shocked and saying "I can't understand it, my dog was always so sweet, loving blah blah" DUH! Get a clue pit bull owners, pit bulls have been selectively BRED for 200 years to be AGGRESSIVE and to fight and KILL! The rest of us are getting sick and tired of these pit bull attacks and really getting tired of the same old mantra. Geez, at least come up with a new LIE, the old one is wearing out.

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