Vernon Hills Police Shoot Attacking Pit Bull

Pit bull's owner charged after dog gets loose

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    A Vernon Hills police officer shot a pit bull that attacked a woman and her dog Thursday.

    According to a news release, officers responded to Harrison Court and Whitney Place at about 9:30 a.m. and found the 56-year-old woman crying and and bleeding from both hands.

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    Police say the dog came running back toward the victim while she was being attended to by paramedics, and after it ignored yells to stop, the officer drew his weapon and fired a shot, killing the dog.

    The doberman was not killed in the attack and was being treated at a local animal hospital.

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    The pit bull's owner, 31-year-old Elizabeth Sutila, was charged with having a stray dog and maintaining a vicious animal.

    Police say Sutila claims she was getting ready to take the dog for a walk when it pushed passed her and ran out the door.

    It's the second time this week a dog and its owner has been attacked by a pit bull. A Yorkie was killed in West Chicago on Tuesday by two pit bulls.