Madison County looking to declare 2 pit bulls dangerous

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MADISON COUNTY, IL (KTVI) – Two Pit Bulls that have repeatedly gotten out of their yard in Granite City have attacked another pet, authorities said.

There have now been at least 5 smaller dogs attacked on 3 occasions in less than a month.

The first was May 10th.  The smaller dog survived.

8 days later the Pit Bulls got loose again, scaled a fence, got into a home through a doggie door, and attacked three Chihuahua’s living there. All three died.

The owners were cited for letting the Pit Bulls get loose.

It happened again 10 days later, authorities said.

The Pit Bulls scaled a fence nearly a mile from their home and attacked a toy poodle.

It died en route to a veterinarian.

The head of Madison County Animal Control is seeking to have the dogs declared “dangerous”.

The two Pit Bulls are now in the pound.

“They need to be put somewhere where they can`t get out and hurt somebody else`s animals or a child or something like that...I miss my little dog like crazy.  He was like my second skin,” said Edith James, the Toy Poodle’s owner.  His name was Antoine.  “[The Pit Bulls] should have been at home where they belonged.”

Residents have posted photos of the Pit Bulls Facebook.

Authorities have cited the owners twice for letting the dogs go loose but the owners are still free to pick them up at animal control and take them back home.

A “dangerous” declaration classifies the dogs as imminent threats of causing harm to people or their pets.

The owners would have to pay small fines and take action to keep them from coming into contact with the public, such as a fence at home, and a leash with a muzzle away from home.

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