Two Injured In Pit Bull Attack In Elmhurst

Updated 01/24/12 – 10:02 p.m.

ELMHURST (CBS) — Two people were injured in a pit bull attack late Monday afternoon in Elmhurst.

Elmhurst Fire Chief Michael Kopp said ambulances took a man to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood and a woman to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital at about 5 p.m. Monday, after they were attacked by two pit bulls at a home in the 600 block of North Kenilworth Avenue.

Officials said the man and woman had apparently been dog-sitting when they were attacked.

One pit bull was struggling with Robert Moore, 63, on the front porch of the home, according to a news release from Elmhurst police. A second pit bull was in the front yard.

Officers shot a pit bull while coming to the aid of Moore, the release said. An officer attempted to subdue the other dog but the animal turned to attack other officers and was shot in self-defense.

Moore was taken in “stable” condition to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood with injuries to his legs and arms and, the release said. Patricia Koprowski, 70, was treated and released from Elmhurst Hospital after suffering a dog bite to her arm.

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(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

  • Martin

    Let all the calls for banning pit-bulls start….

  • Debbie Bell

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.

    How about judging a country that insists on breeding handicapped dogs, dogs that were intentionally created to do exactly what these poor dogs did?

    Even if dog-fighting-expert dogs only mauled and killed neighbor or visiting dogs, why continue breeding them? Only illegal dog fighters need the mauling and killing abilities and instincts of the fighting dogs.

    It is never the dog’s fault. Dogs control no aspect of their lives: not their heritage (what was their breed “job”), not their management (how did the dog reach the victim) not their sexual status (most dogs that attack are intact.

    Free, mandatory spay/neuter microchipping (FMSNM) of all pits/pit mixes all dog aggressive dogs. Let them become extinct gradually. No responsible pit owner is punished as her dogs are spays/neuters. If a “lab mix” (wink) is “misidentified” , no problem, he gets a free neuter. Breeders of other dogs: spay/neuter your pups before sale and know who is buying them and for what purpose, so your breed is not selectively breed for increasing reactivity and aggression. If so, YOUR breed gets added to the FMSNM Law.

    • Martin

      What is the FMSNM Law?

      • Debbie Bell

        Free mandatory spay/neuter microchipping. Thanks for asking.

  • Debbie Bell

    Attention Pit owners: If you choose to own a pit bull, and you care about its safety, NEVER have anyone else to care for it while you are away. Always board it in a kennel and instruct the kennel owner to never enter the run. That way you are guaranteed a live dog when you return from vacation.

    A boarding kennel owner took in a stray male unneutered pit bull. She cared for it for 8 days. Tragically she trusted the poor dog and let him out of his run to play in the grassy area. His pit bull mind suddenly was overtaken by instinct and opportunity, and he began to maul her. She was severely maimed and he died because of his instincts. Be a responsible owner!

  • a

    I’m sure the owner of the dogs will be calling home to find out how the dogs are doing. We fish-sat a giant pet fish once for free, and the power went out and it died. We never fish-sat again.

  • CFLC

    Calling all Pit Bulls for the NATO/G8 Summit. The City can use their help.

    • Martin


  • Jaloney Caldwell

    Consideration and kindness for other humans which are also animals is called for … don’t own a pitbull. There are so many other breeds to choose from that don’t have the tenacity to cause catastrophic injuries to humans. Taking chances and saying your dog can never attack is stupid especially with pitbulls as pitbulls turn on their owners and act aggressively suddenly and without warning after years of “normal” behavior. This happens with pitbulls that are raised with love and kindness from birth. The devil couldn’t of come up with a more sinister plan: give a powerful breed a temper tantrum without warning.. noone knows when or where or who. Remember Darla Napora. Random unpredictable pitbull attacks are very common with family owned and loved pitbulls. The its the owner not the dog is a myth. Sounds good but random maulings without any provocation by pitbulls with no history of abuse or aggression prove the mantra wrong time and time again. The most commonly owned dogs should be the top killers but they aren’t. Pitbulls are the top killer and mauler causing severe injuries to humans and pets more than all other breed types combined.

  • Brian Patterson

    The truly sad part is this will be talked about for weeks but this city has avg over one murder a day since i have been born and you never hear anything about these victims in the news more than one day. we also avg over 3 sexual assaults in chicago a day and you don’t hear about that too. it is just a hot topic that government can control but they will fail at that too.

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