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Police hold pit bull that bit 9-year-old

Updated: May 20, 2014 6:12AM



EAST CHICAGO — Police are keeping a pit bull that attacked a 9-year-old East Chicago boy on Tuesday, but a second pit bull did not attack and does not appear to be aggressive and can be returned to its owner, Police Chief Mark Becker said.

The boy was walking in the 3500 block of Pennsylvania Street when he was attacked by the dog that police are not releasing. The dog caused severe lacerations to a knee and lower leg of the child, police said. They said the second dog did not attack the boy.

The dogs had escaped from a kennel in the nearby yard of their owner, who chased after them and was able to capture them shortly after the attack, according to police.

Becker said the woman who owns the pit bulls has cooperated fully in the investigation and is in compliance with all city requirements, including having special insurance. She contained the dogs in the kennel inside a fenced yard, he said.

The chief said the investigation into the incident is nearly complete, and police will keep the dog until it is done. He declined to say whether the dog will be euthanized.

Becker said he does not expect any charges to be filed against the owner.

“I have not seen any kind of (negligence) on the part of the owner. She believes she had the right kind of containment (for the dogs),” he said.



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