Rockford Alderman Bit In Pit Bull Attack

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) – Several people have been attacked by three pit bulls outside a Rockford store, including a city alderman and her daughter.

Police say Ald. Karen Elyea’s daughter heard a commotion outside of their store Wednesday evening and looked outside to find the three dogs attacking a woman.

The dogs then turned on Elyea’s daughter. When the alderman tried to intervene, she was also attacked.

Rockford police Sgt. Scott Oswald says the dogs also bit a police officer who responded to the scene.

The female victims were treated for their injuries at an area hospital. Oswald says their injuries weren’t considered life-threatening.

The officer shot one of the dogs and a second animal got away. The wounded dog and a third dog were taken by Winnebago County Animal Services.

Police are still searching for the dogs’ owners.

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