A Batavia police officer shot a stray black and white PIT BULL MIX June 5 after it lunged to attack him, police said.
The dog’s owner, Jennifer Atkinson, 42, of the 0-100 block of North Harrison Street, Batavia, was charged under the city’s local ordinance for her dog running at large, Detective Kevin Bretz said. She is to appear in Kane County Branch Court on July 5 and could face a fine of up to $500, Bretz said.
“As far as we are concerned, it was justified,” Bretz said of the officer shooting the dog rather than risk being bitten by it.
The dog, named Snugz, is already home from being treated for its injuries, Bretz said. He said he did not know how old or how big Snugz is. Snugz was involved in another dog bite incident in April 2015, but Bretz said the person who was bitten approached the dog while it was was chained up in its own yard.
In the recent incident, the dog was reported to police at 9:25 a.m. running loose on West Wilson Street near Lincoln Street, a press release from Batavia police states. The officer found the dog on the north side of Wilson, west of Harrison Street, and approached him with a leash, but the dog immediately began being aggressive and ran at the officer several times, the release stated.
The officer offered it several dog cookies, which the dog accepted – but when the officer tried again to take control of the dog, it charged at him again, causing him to retreat behind his vehicle, the release stated.
By then, the officer requested that another officer come with a dog-catch pole, the release stated. But while awaiting the arrival of the second officer, a passerby told the officer that he had seen the dog at a residence on Harrison Street, the release stated.
The officer began to walk toward the residence when the dog charged at him full speed with his teeth showing, and – as the officer backed away – he fell backward on the ground, the release stated.
While he was lying on his back, the dog continued its approach, and the officer, fearing that he would be severely injured by the dog, shot the animal in its side. THE DOG RAN OFF BUT AFTER THE SECOND OFFICER ARRIVED A PASSERBY TOLD POLICE THAT A BLOOD-COVERED BLACK AND WHITE DOG HAD JUST ATTACKED ANOTHER DOG NEAR JEFFERSON AND HOUSTON STREETS.
The owner of that dog, a Labrador retriever, told police he had to get between them to get the attacking dog away from his dog, but that neither of them had been injured, the release stated.
Officers finally located the injured dog at the owner’s residence, resulting in the local ordinance charge against its owner, the release stated.