To the Editor:
The recent death of a woman in a pit bull attack in Chicago brought back some memories of my own. These are excerpts from a letter sent to John Lieb, Woodstock chief of police, in July 2017, shortly after the attack.
“Yesterday I was walking my daughter’s dog behind a residence on Strauss Court, on public property, when two pit bulls ran out the open patio door and toward me. Their intentions were obvious, as these are the two that attacked him within the last two weeks, at the same spot. I was able to scare them away that first time, the Lab suffering several minor bites. This second time their owner followed them out the door with my yelling, and they went back in the house, after which he closed the door.
“I called 911 after both instances, an officer responding within minutes each time. The first officer was very professional, giving me his card, asking for info. The second was not so much so, admonishing me for going back to that spot after the first attack, saying I was inviting trouble by doing so. Couldn’t I walk my dog elsewhere? I’d walked him back there at least a dozen times, and had never seen the other dogs before! And surely the owner had learned his lesson, hopefully having been ticketed after that first instance!
“I wasn’t completely oblivious to possible danger, though, this time carrying a piece of brick-molding from my daughter’s garage. I showed this to the officer, with which he cautioned me about acting aggressively toward the animals, as he said this would only spur them on. What? Was I supposed to just stand there and let them attack the Lab, me, doing nothing? These are aggressive animals, and the owner is doing little to control them!”
I received no response to my letter, not even a phone call. Hey, I get it, Chief Lieb has more important infractions to worry about than a couple stray dogs. Until they attack a child.