A Norridge pit bull owner, whose dog broke loose from his backyard and attacked two dogs July 5, could be required to euthanize his pet if it breaks free or attacks again, according to the Norridge Police Department. Police reports indicate that the PIT BULL had attacked at least two other dogs in incidents dating to 2014.
The owner of the pit bull, 48-year-old Vincenzo Recchia of the 4900 block of North Chester Avenue, will face charges at an administrative court hearing Aug. 4, alleging that he failed to restrain an unlicensed dog and did not have current rabies vaccinations for Vida, his pit bull.
Police records show the village has logged four complaints about Vida since 2012, including an attack on a poodle in June 2014 and another incident two months later when the pit bull allegedly attacked a dog and knocked over its elderly owner.
In the most recent incident on July 5, police said the pit bull broke out of Recchia's enclosed backyard and attacked a Chihuahua and a miniature pinscher being walked on the 8500 block of Ainslie Street.
The owner of the small dogs was bitten in the face and on the forearm as he tried to stop the pit bull, according to police. His face was covered in blood when police arrived. Both dogs had been bitten on their backs and necks and were bleeding and had to be taken to a vet for emergency care, according to the police report. The dogs survived the attack, and they received stitches for the puncture wounds, according to information from police.
When Recchia was interviewed after the July 5 attack, he told police a nearly identical story to what he said after the June 2014 attack on the pit bull — that the dog had unknowingly escaped through an open gate in the backyard and had attacked a dog being walked near the residence. He was also cited for not having a village-issued license tag for his dog and no proof of rabies vaccinations after that attack, according to police.
Recchia did not return a message seeking comment this week. At the Aug. 4 court hearing at village hall, the village will ask an administrative judge to classify the dog as vicious, according to Norridge Police Cmdr. Wayne Schober. A dog designated as vicious must be kept inside a 6-foot-tall enclosure and would be impounded and euthanized if it leaves the property, Schober said.
The village designates dogs as vicious on a case-by-case basis, determined by the frequency and severity of its bites.
"He (Recchia) wouldn't be able to take the dog out on a walk, and if needs to go to the vet, he would need it muzzled and tethered," Schober said.
The victim, whose identity wasn't released, was invited to appear at the Aug. 4 hearing, police said.