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Should Chicago Ban Pit Bulls?

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) calls for review of city's policies after jogger is attacked, owner fined

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    Chicago's 7th Ward Alderman, Sandi Jackson, is praising a local man, Stanley Lee, after coming to a 62-year-old jogger's rescue Monday morning. Joe Finley was jogging along Lake Michigan at Rainbow Beach Park around 6 a.m. when he was attacked by two pit bulls. Lee, hearing the screams, grabbed a baseball bat and raced to the scene. Lee proceeded to beat the dogs until police arrive on the scene, shooting when they tried to attack. Finley was taken to the Cook County Hospital Trauma Unity where he underwent surgery. (Published Friday, Feb 17, 2012)

    A Chicago alderman on Tuesday called for a fresh look at the city's dog laws, dog parks and even a ban on pit bulls after a jogger was viciously attacked a day earlier.

    "I know a number of calls we received here in the past 24 hours all said ban pit bulls," said Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd).

    Jogger Attacked by Pit Bulls

    [CHI] Jogger Attacked by Pit Bulls
    Chicago's 7th Ward Alderman, Sandi Jackson, is praising a local man, Stanley Lee, after coming to a 62-year-old jogger's rescue Monday morning. Joe Finley was jogging along Lake Michigan at Rainbow Beach Park around 6 a.m. when he was attacked by two pit bulls. Lee, hearing the screams, grabbed a baseball bat and raced to the scene. Lee proceeded to beat the dogs until police arrive on the scene, shooting when they tried to attack. Finley was taken to the Cook County Hospital Trauma Unity where he underwent surgery. (Published Friday, Feb 17, 2012)

    Asked if he agreed with those calls: "Well, I'm not sure yet," he said.

    Still, he's convinced a review should take place to possibly strengthen the sanctions against irresponsible dog owners and will introduce a resolution with Chicago's City Council on Jan. 18.

    Victim's Brother Has Words for Dog Owner

    [CHI] Victim's Brother Has Strong Words for Pit Bull's Owner
    The man who owned two pit bulls who attacked a jogger on Monday currently faces only fines and citations, but the jogger faces years of surgeries and rehabilitation. (Published Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012)

    The man who owned two pit bulls who attacked a jogger on Monday currently faces only fines and citations, but the jogger faces years of surgeries and rehabilitation.

    The victim's brother, grateful his sibling is alive, is among the first advocates for some kind of change.

    "He has caused a whole lot of harm to this particular family with irresponsibility when it concerns the restrain and the constraining of his dogs... he should be ashamed of himself," said Gregory Finley.

    But not all owners of dogs exercising at a dog park Tuesday night were on board were an outright breed ban.

    "To say that one breed is the problem I think could be jumping to a conclusion. Pit bulls do have that reputation, obviously, but I also know that they can be great dogs if they're trained well and treated well,"said Scott Turner.

    A pit bull ban in one Iowa community recently made headlines when it forced a disabled former Chicago police officer to be separated from his service dog. They've since been reunited.