Police Shoot Attacking Pit Bull In Elgin Home

ELGIN, Ill (STMW) – Police in Elgin shot and killed a family pet Wednesday that turned on its owners and its own puppies and then charged at officers who responded to the home on the city’s east side, authorities said.

Six people, including a 3-year-old child, were home about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue in Elgin, when the pit bull, named Loco, attacked its 6-day-old puppies, according to police department spokeswoman Sue Olafson.

“She was, in fact, holding the family at bay and charging anyone who came within eyesight of her,” Olafson said.

Police shot and killed the dog after it charged officers, according to Olafson. None of the three adults or three minors at the house at the time was injured, she added.

The spokeswoman said it was unclear from police reports how long the family had owned the dog or if it previously had displayed aggressive behavior.

Eight puppies were taken by police to area shelters, Olafson said. Two had been bitten by Loco, and police also found the partial remains of a ninth the pit bull apparently had mauled, she said,

In another dog incident, an Elgin man told police he was walking his pit bull between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of South Melrose Avenue when one of two loose dogs ran up and began attacking his animal. The man said he eventually was able to fend off the attacker, a medium-size tan dog with long hair, according to police reports. The other dog, a Rottweiler, began to approach when he heard someone from a nearby house calling for their dogs, the man told police.

The man told police that when he returned home, he noticed his pit bull had suffered abrasions to its right hind leg, and he took the pet to a veterinarian for treatment.

© Sun-Times Media Wire Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed

  • Marebare

    so sad. Poor Puppy. Poor family who witnessed this horrible scene. And poor poor momma dog. :-(

  • Gregory Teng

    I’m not sure what they were expecting from a pitbull named ‘Loco’.

  • kw

    This family will probably go out and get another LOVING PIT BULL like this one.

  • mo
  • Timmy Rowley

    Thanks Mo :) For the link.

  • Timmy Rowley

    My father just died from cancer and my two pitbulls kept him company in the days leading up to his death. Disease killed him while pitbulls comforted him. Terrible animals, huh!?

    • Timmy Rowley NOT

      What does this have to do with the story, you goof.

      So you have two dogs that haven’t ever misbehaved – RIGHT.

      Let me know when one clamps onto you and refuses to let go.

      Theses animals are far too dangerous to be considered domestic. Time-after-time you hear about dog attacks and nine times out of ten, it’s a PIT.

      • Timmy Rowley

        I have a fan :)

  • Appalled

    Wow. I as an owner of a pitbull and having known several other pitbull owners am upset by what I am reading here. Pitbulls have stronger jaw muscles than other dog breeds and may be stronger overall, but they are not the only breed known to have turned on its owners. Maybe this is why there’s so much negative media portrayal of them. Some pitbulls are the product of bad breeding, but the majority of them do just fine around people and other pets alike. I find it to be downright rude and selfish when people can make sarcastic jokes about pits or say that they can’t be family dogs. I have 2 young children and have no problem with them being around our dog. Pitbulls are one of the most loyal breeds out there and will protect their owners. Before people go and make assumptions, maybe they should start doing their research on pitbulls in comparison to other breeds throughout history and maybe they will learn a few things. Pits have done some great things, but all of that is being overlooked because of a few bad seeds.

    • Valerie Parker

      yes they are vicious animals,,,my husband is a veterinarian and refuses to work on pitbulls or rots….been bit by both several times.

      • dejono

        .. and I bet he refuses treatment to people of color too….. sound rejudice to me a vert should know better than to blame the breed.

  • Timmy Rowley

    That’s why the Staffordshire bull terrier is called the nanny dog.

    • Roberta Waker

      My son-in-law had a pit bull for 18 years and she was a wonderful dog. Never even tried to bite anyone even though she was protective of him and his new wife and daughter. The have had Staffies for 8 years and have no problems with them. They are wonderful dogs and have been raised with children and are actually wimps when other dogs chase after them while they are being walked on leashes. Rots and Dobermans have a far worse record as do many crossbreeds. ANY dog can bite or kill so don’t pick on the Pit Bulls.

  • Truckerman45

    They are nice until they turn on you ! ! Wake the Hell up !

    • Timmy Rowley

      They only turn on dirtbags.

      • sandpeat

        poor dirtbag puppies :(

  • Timmy Rowley

    Where are your facts?

    • Valerie Parker

      the facts are that 80% of attacks are perpetrated by pitbulls

      • sapphires

        Sorry your Facts are wrong 88% of all dog bites are cause my Labrador Retreivers…. And really people these are animals with Teeth .. If you provoke a maltese he will come out biting . Dog have a fight or flee respnse and they would rather flee but if their flight optiong is taken away they will fight!!
        Maybe if peoplke would read up on their breeds and all you NON pitbull people would spend one day with one then you would see they are not these Viscious dogs the media portrays them to be!!

  • Timmy Rowley
  • R. W.

    Keep living in denial. Only fools put a ticking time bomb around their children. If an adult responsible for only themselves want a known aggressive breed like the pit or rottweiler, that is one thing but when you have children you are acting irresponsibly. You may disagree with me but you are in the VAST minority!

    • Michael

      Well said, R.W. There are few better dogs than a Pit raised & trained from a puppy by a responsible owner(s). However, a dof saved from fitting is unpredictable and should have limited/no contact with young kids. It always comes down to the owners.

      • Roberta Waker

        Remember Michael Vick and his fighting dogs? Almost all of his dogs have been rehabbed and are in loving homes, even the female that was strapped into a harness for breeding with all her teeth pulled out so she couldn’t defend herself. What would you do it YOU were abused like that? And, she is a wonderful, kind, loving pet. Check it out, Pits are good dogs for the most part. There are bad dogs in ALL breeds; it dependes on how they are raised and trained.

  • Timmy Rowley

    No facts once again. Keep your foolish ideas to yourself if they aren’t based in fact.

  • Shepluv1

    Most likely the truth probably goes something like this:
    1. Inexperienced owners who thought they could make a buck selling puppies.
    2. The dog most likely had no kind of whelping area to make her feel safe.
    3. The three year old was curious and bothering the mother dog constantly.
    4. A young dog with a first litter.

    Now come on people in the media! It’s not because it was a PB that it attacked. ANY animal under stress with a litter can do this. This is Mother Nature’s defense mechanism. Typically they will try and eat the babies to “protect” them. But if pushed further they will “defend the nest”. That is natural, not pit bull!! If this dog were a golden retriever would we be hearing about it in this manner??Probably not. I can only say shame on the media and shame on that dogs’ owners for allowing this to get to that point. Before you breed ANY animal you need to do the research and if your animal has a bad temperament and you have no experience…GET IT FIXED AS IT DOES NOT REPRESENT GOOD BREEDING OR LINEAGE!!!

    • Appalled

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! You can’t say it any better than that.

  • Appalled

    Like I said, there are those that are a product of bad breeding, and there are those that are loyal. I don’t have to sit here and type up every fact that I know. I’m not the one commenting on something I obviously know little about. Yes, they are known to be aggressive, but so are many other dog breeds. Its not just pitbulls and rottweilers. This is what happens when people see stats and have no context or ability to properly analyze them.

    • sapphires

      The Only reason Pitbulls are aggressive is because of Bad Owners… They are extremely Loyal and this is what makes them so appealing! They will do what ever you ask even if it means they will die in the end… yes they will die for you

      • Appalled

        Sapphires, I think you took it the wrong way. I’m defending them.

  • R. W.

    Wake up – those stats were not made up as you would conveniently like to believe. The reason we hear about the Rotts and Pitts attacking kids and owners in the news so often is because those breeds attack kids and owners more often- simple as that. Your mind will not change but know your are delusional. Can someone show me the Golden Retriever attack stats???? Not all breeds are appropriate house pets!

    • sapphires

      I can show you stats about Labrador Retrievers being at the VERY TOP of the list in unprovoked Dog attacks!!!

    • Roberta Waker

      I personally saw a young boy (owner of a golden) walking with friends and the dog, for NO reason, jumped up, knocked down one of the boys and bit him. This didn’t make the paper, but maybe it should have.

      Also witnessed a neighbor’s golden run out of it’s new home into the street to attack TWO rottweilers that were on leashes for no reason, knocking one of the owners to the ground. The owner said the dog never did that before. This one didn’t make the paper either. Seems it’s only the pit bulls that make the paper, so don’t rely so much on statistics.

  • sapphires

    That is all stereo Typing there are more Labrador Retriever attacks than there are Pit Bull Attacks and Rotties are big baby lap dogs!! They need to check the puppies Mama might have been attacking and killing the puppie because there was something wrong with them…

    • Pat Stryszak

      They are all doing very well and are in good hands.

  • R. W.

    See the below – I am sure you will spin it to fit your warped beliefs but here are the facts:
    Excerpt below from the following:

    The deadliest dogs

    Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, has conducted an unusually detailed study of dog bites from 1982 to the present. (Clifton, Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to November 13, 2006; click here to read it.) The Clifton study show the number of serious canine-inflicted injuries by breed. The author’s observations about the breeds and generally how to deal with the dangerous dog problem are enlightening.

    According to the Clifton study, pit bulls, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios and their mixes are responsible for 74% of attacks that were included in the study, 68% of the attacks upon children, 82% of the attacks upon adults, 65% of the deaths, and 68% of the maimings. In more than two-thirds of the cases included in the study, the life-threatening or fatal attack was apparently the first known dangerous behavior by the animal in question. Clifton states:

    If almost any other dog has a bad moment, someone may get bitten, but will not be maimed for life or killed, and the actuarial risk is accordingly reasonable. If a pit bull terrier or a Rottweiler has a bad moment, often someone is maimed or killed–and that has now created off-the-chart actuarial risk, for which the dogs as well as their victims are paying the price.

    Clifton’s opinions are as interesting as his statistics. For example, he says, “Pit bulls and Rottweilers are accordingly dogs who not only must be handled with special precautions, but also must be regulated with special requirements appropriate to the risk they may pose to the public and other animals, if they are to be kept at all.”

  • Lucy

    I am a proud owner of a LOVING blue nose pitbull. My pit has been around children since he was 8-9wks. It all depends on the owner and how they raise this breed. Who knows where this mother pit came from? It is not fair to her and maybe she did not want have puppies in the first place. I read that some mother dogs eat their babies when they know that they are too small and may not be able to survive. My pit Meeko has been around my boyfriends cousins son, whom has autism. Meeko never once has gone to attack or even seem bothered by him. You never ever leave any breed of dog unattended anyways…. Some people are just ignorant and assume that all pitbulls are “mean, vicious and killers”. I have been bitten by a chihuahua & a Shih Tzu; never once by my pit. It saddens me that this poor innocent mother Loco was killed maybe due to bad breeding.

  • splatkat

    the dog in this photo looks like it is yawning, not snarling… no teeth bared. get better stock art people.

  • Kelsey

    Some people ned to know what they are talking about before they say anything. I dont own a pit but I do know its the breeder that has cause these problems. And if its not the breeder then its the way the dog was trained. I almost had a pit but the only reason I did not get it was cause my home owners insurance would of gone up. Its not the dogs fault that people are stupid.

  • bullymomma89

    Im soooooo sick and tired of people and their ignorance. these people were probably non experianced pit bull owners! they must have been for breeding in the first place. there is a HUGE over population of homeless pets out there and these people are adding to it probably to make a quick buck. i am very upset by this hole situation. every breed of dog can turn on their owners. I am the PROUD owner of 2 bullies. the american pit bull terrier is the most neglected and abuse breed of dog in the WORLD. the facts are found anywhere its just a matter of looking and opening your eyes, not just opening them to what the news media piushes down your throat.
    Facts are Facts. i can say hole heartedly that i will trust NO other breed with the kids i plan to have. BOTH my dogs are rescues and i dont know their history or where they came from, and i am not scared of them in the least just as i am not scared of the hundrends of bullies i have met threw the few rescues that work witth.

    As well as being the most abused, the APBT is also the most loyal, which as well as a good trait is also their downfall. they will do ANYTHING to please their owners, which seems to be the main cause of the “stereo type” THE OWNERS!
    Thes dogs are being overbred just to make a buck.

    i would like to invite any one of you who claim you “know” this breed to come down and see my rescue dogs, at my house or at kennel. look into their eyes and tell me that they are “vicious” when i have to put a shirt on a female bc she has been over breed so much her nipples drag on the floor, or see a male with scars on his face bc he was forced to fight and is now missing an ear and cowers in the comer of his run shaking when anyone walks up to him and defecates on himself bc he is so scared.
    TELL ME THAT IS THE DOGS FAULT and its not the fault of the people holding the leash!

    you people are seriously NOT worth my time an efforts, you all keep believeing in what the media pushes down you throat, i just hope one day you dont need one of them.
    THey were search and rescue dogs at the 9/11 site, they are therapy dogs, they work on poilce forces. You cant run from the truth for ever eventually you will see the truth ing the APBT as i do, people lilk you all are blinded by igorance.
    FOOD FOR THOUGH: What breed of dog did Helen Keller own>?

  • Kelsey

    Sapphires you really need to learn what you are talking about before opeing your mouth. I have a lab. And she has never attacked anyone. I have 4 yr step son who loves the lab to death. My step son can do anything he wants to the dog and she will just sit there and do nothing. Its not about the type of dog that attacks more. Its about the way it was bread/ trained. I also have a husky. Some people say well huskys are just pulling dogs. They always cause trouble and thats not true either. My husky plays around and sleeps just like any other dog around. So learn what you are talking about before you say it. Cause alls your doing is making yourself look like a moron.

  • Timmy Rowley

    I like how my comments get deleted. Can’t even debate because of this lib moderator.

  • Jenjoe

    Sorry leave the Rotts alone. I had a Rott for 11 years. He slept with us from a baby. Never growled, never tried to bite you even when he was eating his food. He was extremely playful with everyone. He walked on a lease and never tried to attack another dog or person. He was very well socialized. You could play with and he never got upset. He was 126 pounds of love because he never was beaten or mistreated. He got his baths and he stayed in the house, not out in the yard on a lease. He had a bed to sleep on not the floor. He was a part of the family, not just a pet to be ignored!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Weather Reports Delivered To You!SIGN UP NOW: Get daily weather reports every morning from meteorologist Steve Baskerville!
CBS Sports Radio RoundupGet your latest sports talk from across the country.

Listen Live