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Loose pit bull attacks in DeKalb

Police seek person who spirited dog away after attack

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 1:27 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 1:45 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – A man and his dog were viciously attacked by a loose pit bull Sept. 24 while walking in the 1200 block of Normal Street in DeKalb, police said Wednesday.

According to police, the man saw the pitbull about half a block away while on an early evening stroll with his golden retriever. Not wanting to risk a confrontation, he turned around.

The man told police he then heard someone yell, "Watch out!" He turned to see the pit bull charging. The pit bull attacked the golden retriever while the man and a witness attempted to break the scuffle up.

Police say a small silver or gray car pulled up to the scene. A male passenger got out and pulled the pit bull off the golden retriever, put the dog in the car and left.

The golden retriever required medical attention. His owner was not injured.

Police are searching for the pit bull and its owner. The dog is mostly black with white on its stomach.

DeKalb Police Lt. John Petragallo said the city doesn't have a widespread problem with vicious roaming dogs and similar incidents aren't frequent.

"It's always an issue we're always concerned about," he said.

Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact the DeKalb Police Department at 815-748-4800.

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