Berwyn Officer Injured After 2 Pitbulls Attack Small Dog

Officers shot the dogs, killing both

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    Berwyn police said a woman was out walking her dog before 8 a.m. when a pitbull escaped from under a fence and fatally attacked her small dog. When officers showed up, police said the dogs lunged at them too. (Published Thursday, Sep 13, 2012)

    A Berwyn resident and a police officer were injured early Thursday in a pitbull attack on a smaller dog in the southwest suburb.

    Berwyn police said a woman was out walking her dog before 8 a.m. when a pitbull escaped from under a fence in the 2600 block of Ridgeland Avenue and fatally attacked her small dog. Police said the woman tried to protect her dog but was bitten in the process.

    When police arrived, officers said the dogs jumped the fence ready to attack. Officers shot the dogs, killing both.

    "Police did everything possible to try to restrain the dogs," said one witness.

    Police described the incident as "an extremely dangerous situation." The severity of the officer's injuries is not known.

    Neighbors told NBC Chicago that many local kids walk on Ridgeland Avenue to get to school. They said the two dogs were "notorious" in the neighborhood and police were called multiple times for being aggressive.

    "If the animal pound actually did something the first time around or the second time around or the third time -- they did absolutely nothing -- this could have been avoided," said neighbor Maria Arellanes.