Kane County says deputy shot aggressive pit bull

Updated 6/4/2020 6:21 PM

An injured, aggressive pit bull whose owner has yet to be identified was shot and killed Thursday morning near East Dundee by a Kane County sheriff's deputy, officials said.

The sheriff's office and Kane County Forest Preserve police received a call at about 7 a.m. saying there was an injured pit bull by the bike path near Elgin Avenue and Covey Street near East Dundee, Kane County sheriff's Chief Deputy Pat Gengler said.


The deputy arrived and two people pointed out where the dog was. The deputy tried to keep people away until the animal control warden arrived. The dog appeared to have an injured back or leg, Gengler said.

The animal control warden tried to call the dog over, but the dog "aggressively ran" toward the deputy, warden and some people on the trail, Gengler said. The warden unsuccessfully tried to get the dog, which charged again toward people and then into a field, he said. The deputy saw there was "little opportunity to safely capture the dog" and fired toward the dog when it was near an embankment, Gengler said.

The dog again charged past the deputy and into an area of tall grass. The deputy located the dog, which began to growl and again became aggressive, Gengler said.

"Due to the repeated aggressive actions of the dog, the deputy unfortunately had to make the decision to put the dog down," he said.

Before the arrival of animal control, Elgin and East Dundee police were contacted and both said there were no reports of missing pit bulls, Gengler said.

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