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Added Nov 07 2012

This morning around 8 am Smith Park resident was getting out of her car in the 2500 block of Superior when she observed 2 off-leash pit bulls heading towards her. When she didn't see an owner, she quickly went inside her fence. At this point a stray cat that several neighbors feed crossed their path. They immediately pounced on the cat killing her. Carrying the dead cat, the dogs headed away from the neighbor, so she ran back to her car and started following them.

While talking to 911, she followed the dogs down alleys and across major streets for 30 min, but 911 never managed to get officers to where she was. She lost them near Potomac and Western when they headed down a street that was closed to auto traffic. The police did scour the area and warned people they saw on the street. Animal Control also was called.

The dogs are brown and white and very thin. Please be careful when walking and please warn your children. As is the law, please keep your own dogs on leashes when off your property. If you have an outside pet, you may want to ensure it's in an area that the dogs cannot access.

If you see these dogs, please call 911 immediately and tell the operator of today's incident.

Many thanks to the neighbor who wishes to remain anonymous and was quite shaken up by the sight of the dogs viciously attacking the cat.

  • Crimestopper Concerned Citizen

    Rose, all of your cats love to come and taunt our German Shepherds, Guinness and Rocky. It's so funny. The cats know just when to retreat into the yard next door. The other night one of them came up to the lower level window and tapped on it until he got Rocky's attention. Once Rocky went nuts, the cat turned around and pressed his rear and tail to the window. It was hilarious!

    I hear you on walking. I'm afraid to take the dogs on walks for fear the pit bulls will appear and I'll have to fend them off. The only time I've walked them any further than the tree out front since last Wednesday was with my brother, a Chicago cop, and we were on alert the entire time...very sad and frustrating.

  • Noyolk I like yolks

    Rose your an awesome person, thanks for all you do. Sorry about the cat. Plus I notice we have no rodent problem.

  • Noyolk I like yolks

    Yeah the cats are cool

  • Steve Niketopoulos 2nd Ward Candidate -

    Just got off the phone with Animal Care and Control. They have looked at all the reports of sightings of two loose pitbulls in the last week. They have not yet come across the animals in person, but think that sightings tend to skew into the morning hours, so perhaps these animals tend to roam in the mornings. They are sending out more early patrols because of this. Also, when asked to narrow an area they might be in, they hesitantly suggest that Wicker Park seems to be more common (North Ave. to the north, Western to the west, Damen to the east and Division to the south). Obviously these animals can travel farther than that, so please *immediately* call Animal Control (312-747-1412) directly if you see these animals, and reference this in relation to service request #12-01868705. 311 also works, but slows the process down slightly. They are really trying to find these two dogs as quick as possible.

  • Crimestopper Concerned Citizen

    Thanks, Steve. We had a tip last night that the dogs may have an owner and live in the area. As of about an hour ago CPD is working with ACC on it. Our extraordinary beat cops in 1313 worked it last night, but because it was late had trouble finding the location without an extra address. I really can't be more specific at this time.

  • Deb

    Thank you both!
    I was going to suggest perhaps NBC news could be contacted again to do a follow up? Just to help keep this matter in the public eye and encourage people to call when/if the dogs are spotted. The CPD crossing guard at Western & Iowa (Thersa) told me this a.m. one of the Spanish TV stations had a bulletin last night, stating the dogs were still at large.

  • Crimestopper Concerned Citizen

    Ch 5 won't cover again unless there is new information. I know Natalie (reporter) and have assured her we will keep her advised.

  • This is great news; let's hope they are caught soon. I want to return to a normal, happy walk with my dog instead of the constant paranoia. Thank you all!

  • Deb

    Has there been any further news on this?

  • Mr. McVicker, you comment was so open minded. I wish you could spend an afternoon with a pitbull just to see how loyal they are and dedicated they are, like any dog. i think spending an afternoon with a happy, loving pitbull would make a world difference in seeing how they are really, truly like any other dog, in fact, more affectionate than many small type dogs and some other breeds that are more standoffish.

  • For all of you that keep using this page to sound off on how Loving and wonderful Pit Bulls are, start a new page. I am tried of hearing it, I'm only checking in to see if those dogs in questioned have been found. Some of you still think no big deal it was just a stray cat, I thought I made it clear she was not a stray. The dogs ripped her collar off when they broke and tore her neck opened. My neighbors have been holding back the details but I know how brutally she was killed. I wish you could all see here brothers crying for her and sniff the entire house to see where she is hidding. Even when they play they do not have the spunk and life in them. When I take them outside they go into their house to see if she is there and then check all their hidding places on the deck. They then just stare into the neighbors yard. It is just heart breaking because you can't expain to them what happen. This is why they are broken up as kittens and puppys, because like humans, they form bonds and those three have been together their entire life. That is why I started to care for them because I did not want them broken up. So please for the shake of Percilla and myself stop defending and breed and lets keep looking for the dogs or owners. We would like to move on with our lives and not be terrified to walk our own street in fear of dogs. This is not the jungle it's suppose to be a city. And keep in mind this happened right in front of my house. So please take your love for the pitbull to another blog.

  • Crimestopper Concerned Citizen

    Rose, I have asked several times for the pit bull advocates to cease their "poor misinderstood pits" postings.I am sorry that those requests are being ignored.

    Your cat was a welcome sight in the neighborhood -- even by my dogs who enjoyed being teased by them. It got to be quite the game. Imagine that, big, frightening German Shepherds playing with cats instead of attacking them!

  • Crimestopper Concerned Citizen

    For those asking if the killer dogs have been found, the answer is not so far as we know. If 13th District officers find them, we will know. If they are apprehended in another district or by Animal Control, I can't be sure we will know.

    We do have a lead that the dogs may not be homeless and may have attacked before. The 13th District police are pursuing this. As soon as we learn anything, we will post it.

  • Thyra DeCicco Founder of Wicker Park Bucktown Insiders Guide

    As someone in media, I would suggest you refrain from using the term "killer dogs". That's exactly what the big media groups like to do to sensationalize information, scare people and drive readership. It's counterproductive. Our mission here is not to terrify people but to provide as accurate information as possible and locate the dogs. In addition, since the dogs do apparently have a home and we have heard nothing recently, there is a very good chance word has gotten back to the owners and they may have already found the dogs themselves. I do hope the police find the dog owners and show up on their doorstep. Thanks Beat1313 for the update.

  • Deb

    I went down to CACC last Thursday after the incidents to see if the dogs were there.
    I filled a Release of Information asking to be emailed if/when the dogs were in their possession. I have been in contact with friends who also volunteer there asking them to check as well when they're at CACC. So far, nothing to report.

  • me

    The dogs did "KILL", have attacked and will continue to do so. People should be scared. That fear will keep them alert and prepared. But agreed, accurate information is necessary to locate the dogs.

  • Thyra DeCicco Founder of Wicker Park Bucktown Insiders Guide

    @me The term "killer dogs" implies they've attacked people which they have not. That is misrepresentation of the facts and is intended to scare people. I'm not even the tiniest bit afraid of these dogs and I'm sorry you are. But that is what happens when information is misrepresented. And that is why the media does it.

  • Crimestopper Concerned Citizen

    As professional who deals with the media all day long, I believe in being accurate. The dogs killed. I doesn't matter what they killed; they killed. That is not a misrepresentation.

    Now PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE stop posting unless you know the dogs have been caught or sighted. The owner of the cat that was killed is seeing every post and your disregard for her feelings over those you have for the dogs that viciously attacked and killed her pet are inexplicable.

    Should people continue the dog debate, for Rose's piece of mind, I will have no choice but to have the thread be removed or disabled.

    Kim Shepherd
    Beat 1313 (soon to be 1221)
    CAPS Facilitator

  • To all the "Pit Bullies" insisting we have a "Pity party" for the dogs, show some respect to Rose and her cat and stop using this post as your "Bully Pulpit." The rest of us are over it. You don't seem to live where the killing happened, didn't know Rose's cat and didn't see her afterwards. If you want to discuss the merits of pit bulls, start your own post.

    I'm with you Kim, if they don't stop, shut this thread down and send out your update emails to the Beat 1313 list. At least you know we appreciate them and as one of them said, they aren't afraid of the dogs.

  • alex trebeck Ukrainian Village since 1990

    According to the city's definition, these dogs are a danger to public safety. Nuf said.

    Rose, please accept my condolences. Very sorry for your loss.

  • totally agree with kim and smith parker. kim, if you do shut down the thread, as a mother of two small children and a small dog, i am very concerned about whether these dogs have been found. accordingly, if you do decide to pull the thread and only update, is there a way to coordinate updates to beat 1311 too? the area where these dogs have been spotted also includes that beat.

  • Crimestopper Concerned Citizen

    Smith Parker, you always make me laugh. Now I just have to figure out who you are!

    60622,if I am forced to have this post disabled/removed, I will ask Sgt. Clas to send an announcement to all of the beat facilitators when there is news asking them to let their residents know. I'll also post it on the Smith Park Facebook page.

    Hopefully, though, that won't be necessary.

  • me

    I hope it won't be necessary to remove the post. I appreciate your updates and I thank you for the information. I thank everyone for the information.

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  • Lara, your concern for the woman who is grieving the loss of her cat is really quite touching and inspiring.

  • alex trebeck Ukrainian Village since 1990

    Given these dogs are dangerous, and the community outcry, I doubt the city will allow them to be "rescued."

  • Thyra DeCicco Founder of Wicker Park Bucktown Insiders Guide

    The dogs will evaluated and tested for aggression. If they are deemed dangerous or too aggressive - at that time - then no they will not be allowed to be rescued.The evaluation is systematic and not circumstantial.

  • Deb

    I'm confused...last I read, the dogs were still at large, is that no longer correct?

    It is twelve days since the incidents took place and I am still walking my dog fearfully outside. I was hoping there'd be some concrete news by now.

  • alex trebeck Ukrainian Village since 1990

    Its not "circumstantial" when the dogs are witnessed killing another animal. In that case, the animals can be deemed dangerous without further assessments.

  • Depends by whom they are found and the situation. If they charge a police officer or one of the many off-duty officers in the area who walk their dogs, they'll get about as much consideration as some people on this post are giving the cat and her caretaker.

  • i wanted to note something, again, on this thread. over a year ago, tara by division and washtenaw lost her brown and white pitbull out the back door of her condo. she had a friend staying there. it was an accident. but i never forgot seeing her dog's face everywhere. everybody looked for her dog.

    please realize that even though these dogs are starving and running like pack dogs, a) a lot of family dogs and dogs up for adoption don't like cats and can and do kill cats; and b) that either or both of these dogs could have been a family dog and belonged to someone over a year ago or more, and have been missing ever since.

    (i do feel bad for the cat; i saw baby stray cats in the rain, it was horrifying, so the person taking care of the cat gave the cat a good life)

    a lost dog could have been stolen or got into bad hands and lived through all kinds of bad things. these dogs may even have escaped a bad situation and are just trying to find somewhere safe to go.

    i understand one of the two did bite another dog, and there are dogs that have to be the "only dog," and it is every dog owner's fear walking a dog that their dog could encounter a dog that is not friendly. we all look over our shoulder now for blocks and blocks, making sure no dogs are approaching.

    i white-d out tara's telephone number because she should be the one to post it - in the event someone does find her dog, even if it's a year or two later. if i had a lost dog, i would want to keep my dog's picture and my number out there forever, but i respect that each owner has a different viewpoint on posting their number now on everyblock.

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  • Thyra DeCicco Founder of Wicker Park Bucktown Insiders Guide

    Everyblock is a public forum that was created to generate share info/create a dialogue. Nothing here is offensive, rude or vulgar and people should be permitted to provide their comments/perspective; whatever they may be. If you don't want the input of the community then don't post/comment.

  • @Thyra -- Indeed. However, the woman's whose cat was viciously attacked has commented that the posts defending the dogs are hurtful to her. People were then asked nicely (more than once) to only post about sighting/news of the dogs. Unfortunately, a few people seem incapable of providing her that common courtesy. Another of her cats, Tommy, is now missing, so I imagine that further defense of the dogs is not what she needs right now.

  • Steve Niketopoulos 2nd Ward Candidate -

    One of the things i dont like as much about how people treat Everyblock is how people can just start attacking each other. Derailing threads and making personal attacks distract from the huge benefits we can all gain by working together.

    That said, and i'm sure Beat 1313 who started this thread will agree, Animal Care and Control is now working on a theory that these dogs belong to a specific residence, and are using first hand accounts and sightings to zero in on that location.

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  • Crimestopper Concerned Citizen

    Steve is correct. Animal Control and Care and CPD had a lead that the dogs may not be strays, but got loose from a home in the Humboldt Park area. The dogs apparently have not been spotted since shortly after attacking Priscilla's Mom's dog. The thought is that they may have headed home and due to media coverage their owner has kept them more securely confined and out of sight of ACC and CPD.

  • Deb

    Do you happen to know if CPD 14th District (that's Humboldt Park area, right?) is also involved in trying to locate dogs/owner?

    Hopefully everyone is working together.

  • Crimestopper Concerned Citizen

    Deb, I have only interacted with 13th District officers. The possible owner lives in 13.

  • @beat1313, That's what I think to. It has been to long for know one to have report seeing these dogs if they were strays. I just told my husband on Friday the same thing. He is feeling so bad that he wants to keep the cats inside all the time, not for them, but for him. Princess did not want to go out that morning and he made her because I was out of town and he had to go to work, now he feels so guilty. And with Tommy now missing he is just affarid to wake up and be missing another. He is turly the Cat Lover in the family.

  • Crimestopper Concerned Citizen

    Rose, I was sorry to read that Tommy is missing. I was just thinking on Thanksgiving when I was out doing yard work that I hadn't seen your cats in a while. If the dogs spot Tommy, I'm sure they'll let me know and I'll walk over and alert you.

  • alex trebeck Ukrainian Village since 1990

    About three weeks ago, I saw a coyote near Armitage and Ashland. Theyre out there.

  • Lara - just stop it. No one cares. And continuing to post your propaganda after multiple requests to stop is just plain rude.

    Everyone, do you realize that you could go to someone's name on here, double-click it, and you will be taken to that person's profile. There, you could "mute" the person. This is equivalent to the "ignore" button. Quite useful feature.

  • @ Beat 1313, since Tommy went missing we have been trying to keep them in as much as we can. Being that it's been cold it is a little easier. But even when they do go out they are stay very close to home. Most times they don't even leave the deck. And they are sticking together, I have never heard them call to each other as much as they do now. It's kind of said because it sounds like they are crying. Rick and I also wonder if they think we are getting rid of them. I have placed posters around the area, and on another page. Everyday I just listen and hope that he will so up, if not I hope he is somewhere warm, Tommy has a heart murmer and with the cold weather I just hope someone has him and he is not lost. Just hope we have a better out come on this one.

  • me

    Rose, I hope Tommy comes home. You are in my thoughts.

  • @Apple, do not waste you time and engery. When people lack common cortices and are asked nicely the first, second and third time to restrain their comments and still refuse. That only tells me one thing that they are not worth the time of day. So I Thank you, for your effort but I’m okay. Animals are like people, one does not make them all bad however, one does not make them all good either. So let them have their say, their doing just as much harm as the dogs they choose to fight for, ironic.

  • @Rose - thank you for posting your wonderful although heart-wrenching story. I hope your little Tommy comes home soon.

    By the way, the muting button really works. I am loving it!

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE the "mute" button on here.

    Now i can just enjoy the postings of the people i like and don't have to see the rude and mean postings from those i choose to mute. LOVE IT!

    So here is the rhetorical question... if one is posting and no one sees this person's posting because he/she had been muted, did this person really say anything?

    LOVE IT! No more annoying postings from annoying people!

  • Crimestopper Concerned Citizen

    Thanks for letting us know about that feature, Apple.

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