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2 pit bulls attack an Illinois senior citizen and kill her dog

According to recent media reports, an 83-year-old Illinois woman and her small dog were attacked by two dogs believed to be pit bulls. The woman was returning home from a walk when the incident occurred. She suffered a bite to her hand, and her dog was killed.

Cook County suit over dog attack claims

Multiple defendants have been sued in connection with an alleged dog attack in Illinois. The woman bringing the action claims that as she attempted to deliver a package on June 11, 2013, she was bitten while being attacked by a dog owned by the defendants. Her suit was filed with the Cook County Circuit Court on June 12, 2014.

Illinois woman sentenced to jail for dog attack

An Illinois woman was sentenced to jail on June 6 after pleading guilty to one count of reckless conduct after her pit bull mix dogs attacked a 5-year-old boy. She will be required to spend the next 30 weekends in jail.

The number of animal bites are on the rise

With the weather warming up in Cook County, many residents are excited to spend their free time outdoors. However, they should be aware that with the nice weather comes an increase in the risk of suffering an animal bite. According to Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control, located in Iowa, 44 bites from multiple animals in that city were reported in May alone as compared to 26 bites in May 2013.

Official action rare in dog bite cases

Many Illinois residents consider their dog to be a cherished member of the family, but they understand that even well behaved companion animals can sometimes act unpredictably. However, official legal action relating to a dog attack is quite rare, and the state's attorney has only pursued two such cases in the last six years.

State declines to prosecute pit bull owner following attack

On June 2, the Ogle County state's attorney announced that the owner of three pit bulls involved in an incident that occurred in April will not face any criminal charges. A 63-year-old retired teacher was jogging in her Ashton neighborhood when she was attacked by three pit bulls. Her husband happened to be riding by on his bike when he saw the scene and rushed in to rescue his wife.

Pit bull may be euthanized after attacking pedestrian

Many Illinois residents have read news stories in the past about children and adults being attacked by neighborhood dogs. One recent case to make headlines involved a Michigan resident who was attacked by a 3-year-old pit bull while walking home. At around 9:30 a.m. on June 2, the male pedestrian was almost home when a neighbor's pit bull came charging at him. The pit bull had pushed through an unlocked screen door to get outside of the house.

Dog bites higher in Illinois than other states

In 2013, Illinois ranked second in the United States for most dog-bite claims. In 2013, nearly $9 million was paid in relation to injuries caused by dog bites, according to a survey by State Farm Insurance. The only state that paid more was California, with approximately $14.7 million paid. Although the survey did not include residents without State Farm Insurance, the company is large enough that the study gives a good indicator of the overall scope of dog bites in the state.

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