Saturday, August 1, 2015


A north suburban family is mourning the loss of their 9-year-old Yorkshire terrier after the small dog was killed in a horrifying attack in front of the young children walking her.  Klaudia Zarebski, 11, was walking her family dog Fifi Thursday night in a Lincolnwood park when she says a large breed dog came out of nowhere.

“I quickly see him charging for Fifi,” Klaudia said. “So I grabbed her but he grabbed her back, pulled her down and tossed her to the ground. The dog used her like a toy.”

Klaudia says she and her friends watched helplessly as the large dog’s owner tried to intervene during the attack.

“He was slapping the dog everywhere trying to pull it off,” she said. “After about three minutes of that the dog finally let her go.”

Ron Weil told NBC Chicago he was riding past the GG Rowell Park on his bike when he witnessed the brutal attack.

“This dog attacked the little dog, went right for the neck and wouldn't let go," Weil said. “It was ugly. It was sad.”

The Zarebski family rushed Fifi to the vet, who determined the 9-year-old dog was left paralyzed from the injuries and would have to be put down.

“She was such a joy, she was like a sister to me,” a distraught Eliza Zarebski told NBC Chicago. “All the annoying things she used to do, I just want them back.”

The children who witnessed the attack were not injured, but say they are now afraid to return to the park. Another witness, Hita Bharwad, told NBC Chicago seeing the whole ordeal was “horrifying.”

Lincolnwood police say they have identified the owner of the  PIT BULL  and cited him for not having the dog on a leash.  Authorities will continue to investigate whether there were any additional violations from the owner and follow up accordingly, police said.


Eileen King said...

I don't know how you keep up with the attacks and slaughters via pit bulls and other vicious breeds that have no place in the pet category. Thank you though. Your blog is a valuable resource.

Anonymous said...

My Baby Milly Beanny Baby was put in the same position a day after your incident. A neighbors Pit that gets loose all of the time came by my house and shook my baby until she was paralyzed and had to be put down. R.I.P Milly We miss her, and she never deserved, and no one ever deserves to go like that. She was a part of our family and the owners just say that their dog did nothing wrong... Just wait until I get the money to sue them for at least the bill that I have now on my name for a family member who had to be put to sleep after a horrifying experience to her... I just want to cry that no one cares!!! Where are all of the people who care? Where are the layers who can help the poor little pup's families who are out a family member. Dogs are not just property that comes and goes! They are our family. I wish I could have saved her. Now I have to get justice... You can e-mail me at if you have any answers to how to recover for damages. My two dogs have pain and suffering from event, and my two small children, and my husband, and I are all missing her truly.

Decatur AL livin nt to 4 pits said...

Anonymous 2:30pm please know that I care and so many others care. I can feel the pain you are in. This is a FB page I have linked to in my sidebar:

Please read about the many people who have lost their beloved pets to vicious fighting dogs breeds...mainly PIT BULLS!!! THERE IS NO FAST WAY TO GET JUSTICE FOR YOUR MILLY. You can go to civil court and try to get vet bills paid and the cost of your dead pet. The thing is most of our beloved pets are old and not worth a lot monetarily. The cost of a lawyer could be higher than what you would gain from suiing.

Decatur AL livin nt to 4 pits said...

Did you know that for every human attacked by a vicious dog, there are hundreds of normal pets mauled and killed by them? You are not alone. It is an epidemic! I would advise you to continue to grieve for Milly,CRY AND CRY AND CUSS AND STOMP YOUR FEET AND HIT THE WALLS.... AND slowly let it make you stronger, and slowly begin to advocate for Breed Specific Laws (BSL). There are so many pit bulls being pumped out in backyards now that it will not get safer any time soon!!! DO NOT TAKE A SMALL PET LIKE A CHIHUAHUA OR SHIH TZU WALKING...DO NOT! NEVER GO TO A DOG PARK !!! BEFORE YOU TAKE YOUR DOG OUTSIDE IN YOUR OWN YARD EVEN IF YOU HAVE A FENCE...YOU GO OUT FIRST AND CHECK ALL AROUND AND LISTEN....LET THEM USE THE BATHROOM THEN GET THEM BACK IN FAST. I've lived in Hell for 6 years after PIT BREEDERS MOVED IN NEXT DOOR TO ME. Don't count on sympathy from neighbors, friends or family. Sometimes they will just turn on you. Somehow, Someway...get strong inside for Milly. You will never get over how your Milly died. Please consider reading which is at the top of my sidebar. That's a good place to start.

Decatur AL livin nt to 4 pits said...

Your Milly is considered "property", like your kitchen chair, by the courts. It's so cut and dried. It's painful to hear this fact.