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Pit bull attacks elderly woman in Evanston, gets shot

Updated: November 21, 2012 6:08AM

A woman in her 70s was attacked and bitten by an unleashed pit bull in Evanston, forcing police in the north suburb to shoot the dog dead, police said.

The owner of the dog is expectd to be cited in the Wednesday afternoon attack in the 1100 block of Oak, police said.

The city’s Animal Warden was still gathering information but was expected to cite the owner, a woman who reportedly lives near the victim in the area of Dempster and Dodge, for allowing the animal to run off its leash and for having no city dog license, Cmdr. Jay Parrott said.

The victim was walking her Labrador retriever mix dog, when it was attacked by the pit bull, Parrott said. The pit bull also bit the woman multiple times in the leg as she tried to separate the animals, Parrott said.

When police arrived on the scene the pit bull had cornered the other dog in a vestibule, and was still attacking the animal, Parrott said.

The officer shot the animal to stop the aggressive behavior, he said.

The Labrador-retriever mix suffered bites to the neck, back, shoulder and leg.

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