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Vicious dog ban in Homer Glen to be debated

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A Homer Glen woman whose miniature schnauzer was mauled by a neighbor’s dog, is pushing for a new law to ban vicious dogs in the village.

Kathy Schubert is still dealing with the trauma of what happened on March 7 to her 25 pound pet Buddy. She had just come outside to take him for a walk, when the next door neighbor’s 150 pound Cane Corso named Butkus attacked without making a sound.

“I looked down and there was this big huge enormous dog on the back end of Buddy. His entire mouth had Buddy's entire back end in his mouth,” Kathy Schubert said.

A neighbor heard Schubert’s screams and came running. Colleen Wyatt said she grabbed a garden tool and began beating the other dog until it released Buddy.

“That was most scariest thing I've ever witnessed or was a part of and to think how easily that dog was able to shake around a 25 pound dog in its mouth and all the kids that we have, it could be a kid, it's scary, you don't want to have to feel in danger of your kids going outside or going for a walk,” Wyatt said.

Schubert and Wyatt rushed Buddy to the vet, but his injuries were too extensive and Buddy had to be put to sleep. But not the neighbors’ dog, Butkus, because Homer Glen has no ordinance to deal with incidents like that.

Will County did, though, declare Butkus a dangerous dog. The owner’s son, Colin Hart, said they have gates inside the house to restrict his movements, and the fenced-in back yard has slats and tarp to keep the dog from seeing out.

Still, neighbors aren't satisfied.

“Something needs to be enforced to keep vicious dogs out of these residential areas,” said Wyatt.

More than 60 people have signed a petition asking the village of Homer Glen to enact an ordinance banning vicious dogs.

“Why should we have to live in fear next to that animal, it's not fair,” Schubert said.

Colleen Wyatt echoed those sentiments.

“Something needs to be enforced to keep vicious dogs out of these residential areas,” she said.

But at a nearby dog park, other dog owners struggled with how to make that fair to all dog owners.

“I mean if it was my dog that got killed, I would want that put to sleep, but if it was my dog that did it, can I feel that way too, I want him put to sleep, I don't think so,” said Cindy Stevens, there playing with her dog Ozzie.

Village officials said they are in the beginning stages of drafting an ordinance and could give no time frame for when it might be ready for consideration. Schubert has asked them to model their definition of a vicious dog after the state law, which defines a vicious dog as one that attacks a person or animal without provocation.

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