Sunday, September 20, 2015


A former Olympic boxer fought off a pit bull as it viciously attacked an 8-year-old boy on the city's South Side Saturday.

The attack left the boy seriously injured, but he is alive thanks in large part to Danell  "Doc" Nicholson.

"I was getting in my truck and I saw, well, I heard first, screaming from a little kid," Nicholson said.

Nicholson is out of the hospital after fighting off a pit-bull that attacked the boy around 2 p.m. Saturday on the 100-block of East 90th Street in the West Chesterfield neighborhood.

"When I turned around I saw the dog had a little kid on the ground on the street," Nicholson said.

Nicholson recognized the boy as a friend of his niece's. A former 1992 U.S. Olympic team boxer, he raced to help, but soon found himself being attacked as well.

"I'm trying to get the dog off him, so I finally got the dog, beating him off him, the dog attacks me," he said. "Luckily I had some kind of skill boxing. It really helped me out of that battle."

Initially, both the boy and Nicholson were taken to Metro South Hospital in Blue Island, but boy's injuries to his leg were serious enough that he was brought to Christ Hospital for further treatment.

Nicholson received various injuries to his arms and legs, but is expected to recover. The boy's injuries are much more serious and he could have permanent damage to one of his legs.

Police say it's not clear how the dog became lose, but that he belongs to a 73-year-old resident of the area.

The dog's owner was cited for failure to restrain the dog and for not having a dog license. Animal Control was called, but it is unclear whether they have taken custody of the dog.

Police said the dog got loose from a home in the 100 block of East 90th Street around 2 p.m., and ran outside.
The dog bit an 8-year-old boy on the leg, and a 48-year-old man who lives on the block intervened. The dog then bit the man on the face and body.
The boy and the man were taken to MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island to be treated for their injuries, but their conditions were not immediately available.
The man’s wife said her husband was in the emergency room, but it was not immediately clear if he would need surgery. She said the child lives in the neighborhood, but did not live in the house where the dog lives.
The dog’s owner was cited for failure to restrain the dog, and for not having a dog license. Police did not have any information about whether the dog was seized by Animal Care & Control.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This was on the news this morning. The guy that rescued the kid had both hands bandaged up, and he had blood on his pants. He did have other injuries on his arms, and his face had a bandage near his chin.

I'm shocked to hear nanny dog wasn't registered!