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Health Department Seeking Information Following Dog Attack

A Wonder Lake man suffered 100 puncture woods when he tried to break up a fight between his dog and another dog that entered his garage.

The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH), Division of Veterinary Public Health (Animal Control), is asking the public for help in locating a dog involved in a bite investigation. 

On March 11, between 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm, a man was standing in front of his home at 7600 block of Cedar Road, Wonder Lake, when another dog entered the home’s garage and attacked the homeowner’s dog. 

The man attempted to separate the two dogs when he sustained 100 puncture wounds inflicted by both dogs, causing possible nerve and tendon damage.

The dog has been described as a male pit bull or American bull dog, brown in color, with a black muzzle and a 6” x 8” patch of white on its chest, weighing about 100 pounds. 

The dog may or may not have dog-fight related injuries.  McHenry County Animal Control Officers have gone door to door, searching the area, approximately seven blocks south and about 10 blocks north of the victim’s address but have not been able to locate the dog or its owner. 

Officers are still checking addresses east of Wonder Lake Road behind the post office, between Hamilton Benwell Park and the victim’s residence.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of this dog should contact Animal Control at 815-459-6222.

Source: McHenry County Department of Health

Jen March 20, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Hey Diane of the hyphenated name (ha, ha) - I find it most often has to do with who is educated and who is not, be it liberals or conservatives. People who know how to research both sides of a subject with an open mind, and especially those who actually work with dogs, work in dog daycares, shelters, veterinarian offices, trainers, etc., pretty much all steadfastly stand by the breed. Those who choose to base their opinion on non-scientific evidence, things they read on the Internet, newspaper reports and/or only one source of information like Dogsbite.org, continue to refute the evidence put forth by the experts. I attended a 2-day conference this weekend where the guest speaker, a renowned veterinarian and animal behaviorist, stated in response to an inquiry about so-called aggressive breeds (pits, rottweilers, GSDs, dobermans) that "dog people" (those who work with dogs as a career) know that no one dog has more propensity to bite or attack than another. She emphatically stated no dog is born aggressive and that's based on science.
Jen March 20, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Dan, Mary Jo and Michael: I challenge you to view this 14-minute video on YouTube addressing the exact issues we've discussed here. Michael, I include you in that it spends about a quarter of the video talking about how the media has exacerbated the downfall of the pit bull's image. The interviewees include Dr. Ian Dunbar (author, trainer, veterinarian & behaviorist), Jean Donaldson (author, trainer and founder of Academy for Dog Trainers--considered the Harvard for dog trainers), Dr. Nicholas Dodman (Program Director, Animal Behavior Department of Clinical Sciences at Tufts University), Diane Jessup (pit bull steward, originator of LAWDogs USA & former animal control officer for 20 yrs.). http://www.youtube.com/user/ThePitBullHoax I promise, I won't post anything further. I just ask you to consider this video and the testimony of these experts. They are only a handful of a long list of people who work in the field that would say the same thing.
Lucy Muir March 21, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Dr. Dodman made a name for himself developing protocols for medicating problem and dangerously aggressive dogs. Why would he alienate his client base? Still, he does publicly recognize that pit bulls are genetically predisposed to be far more dangerous than other dogs: “Genetics does play a role and people who think it doesn’t are kidding themselves,” says Dodman. “The pit bull is notorious for a very hard bite. They are always No. 1 in the lethal dog bite parade. The dog was bred for pit fighting. It was bred to never give up, to bite and hang on.” http://www.wickedlocal.com/northofboston/x388357482#ixzz1pmV4TrW2 Donaldson's client base is also dangerous dogs, still, she admits pits are genetically dangerous and that training won't fix it. Most commonly, she sees dogs with aggression problems. While she's a fierce opponent of "breed bans" like the proposed outlawing of pit bulls that San Francisco debated two years ago, she believes it's undeniable that some breeds are predisposed to violence. Many breeds that were bred as guardians or fighting dogs were carefully designed to not like strangers, she says. She thinks it's disingenuous of breeders to further enhance this trait, and then expect owners to compensate with training. http://www.sfweekly.com/2007-03-07/news/psycho-dogs/3/ You do understand that many of these "experts" have their bread buttered by organizations, breeders and owners of dangerous dogs, right?
Jen March 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM
I don't see in your article link where Jean Donaldson specifically states, "pits are genetically dangerous and that training won't fix it." She is talking about many breeds that are bred for certain tasks. Using your argument about genetics, then we should ban about half the dogs bred since many were bred for guarding, hunting, killing, etc. I think the point Jean Donaldson is making is that breeders are responsible for the products they put out--and too many breeders don't have good intentions when it comes to the dog they are breeding, resulting in a lot of messed up dogs. Thus, the need for people like Jean Donaldson. My trainer graduated from the Academy for Dog Trainers and Jean Donaldson was her mentor and my dogs are awesome, both pit bull mixes, one being a registered therapy dog. Whatever their genetics, they are not aggressive. They attend dog daycare, participate in weekly agility and nosework classes and we do therapy dog work. Need I say more?
Jen March 22, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Quotes from Dr. Dodman on pit bulls: "With proper training, care and a responsible owner, Dodman said they can be ‘‘cupcakes,’’ but countless are trained to be vicious, or stroke an ego, especially for young men. Pit bulls, Dodman said, are not a breed but a mix of bulldogs and another breed, such as a boxer or mastiff." Dr. Nicholas Dodman, director of the animal behavior clinic at Tufts University, said pit bulls were bred for strength, first to assist in the slaughter of bulls and later as fighting dogs. But he also said that other breeds of dogs can be prompted to attack people and that dogs can also be bred not to be aggressive. Today’s Dobermans are less likely to attack because of breeding. “I think the whole matter of breed-specific legislation is the wrong way to go,” Dodman said. ***** So where do we draw the line? Do we ban every dog that has a boxy head? Do we ban every dog that was ever bred for any sort of aggression? Do we ban Labs because they have the potential of ferocity and have large, blocky heads? I have a friend with a purebred Lab and someone tried to tell her it was a pit bull. Good grief. People need to get a life! I hope you see where this will lead. Banning is not the answer. And as statistics show, bans do not make localities safer. Dog bites/attacks/deaths continue to happen even where bans are in place.

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