Pit bull shot by police, owner cited after attack in Vernon HIlls
VERNON HILLS, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -
Police shot a pit bull after it injured a north suburban woman and mauled the dog she was walking Thursday morning.
Officers responded about 9:30 a.m. to the intersection of Harrison Court and Whitney Place in Vernon Hills, and found a 56-year-old woman crying in pain and bleeding from both hands, a statement from Vernon HIlls police said.
She told police was walking her mini-Doberman pinscher when a pit bull attacked the smaller dog, police said. The woman was bitten on both hands when she tried to help her dog.
Several citizens, including construction workers nearby, came to her rescue and chased the pit bull away, but it returned a short time later while paramedics were treating the woman, police said.
The pit bull started running back toward the victim and a police officer, and continued charging though people started yelling at it, police said. The officer fired one shot, striking and killing the dog.
The mini-Doberman ran into a nearby home, and was taken to an animal hospital for treatment of its injuries, police said. The woman was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
The pit bull’s owner, 31-year-old Elizabeth Sutila of the 400 block of Stevenson Place in Vernon Hills, said she was getting ready to take the dog for a walk when it pushed past her and ran out an open door, police said.
She was charged with having a stray dog and maintaining a vicious animal, police said. She is next scheduled to appear in court in Mundelein on Aug. 14.
Police said the pit bull had reportedly received all its required shots, but did not know if it had a history of biting.
Police also do not know whether the women know each other. They live about a mile apart.
An investigation is required every time an officer fires a gun, but police said they have no reason to suspect the officer acted inappropriately. The officer has not been relieved of duty.
This is only the second time Vernon Hills police have ever fired a gun in public.
The first instance was in March 2013, when a man entered the police station during the early morning hours and pointed a replica gun at an officer. That officer didn’t know the gun was fake and shot the man.