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Pit bull owner cited in St. Charles incident

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 12:37 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 10, 2013 11:24 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles woman was cited Tuesday after her pit bull attacked another dog, according to a St. Charles Police Department report.

The attack happened at about 11 a.m., when a 47-year-old St. Charles man was walking his 11-year-old beagle westbound in the 700 block of Cutler Street in St. Charles, according to the report, which noted the man's 3-year-old son was riding his tricycle.

The pit bull reportedly escaped from a fenced-in yard in the 700 block of South Seventh Street, ran across Cutler Street and attacked the beagle.

The two dogs fought, but the pit bull was "causing serious damage" to the beagle, according to the report.

The man tried to separate the dogs, but the pit bull would't let go, police reported. He then reportedly grabbed a rake from a nearby yard, hitting the pit bull to get it to release its grip on his dog.

The pit bull's owner – Cheryl Gray – came outside to help and got the dog in the house, police reported.

The man reportedly became very angry over the incident and began swearing at Gray and yelled at her that her dog killed his dog. Police reported the man was holding the rake in an aggressive manner while doing this.

Gray told police she didn't want to confront the man because he was so angry, so she refused to come out of the house to speak with him, according to the report.

Police reported Gray was visibly shaken and crying. She told police her dog had never bitten anyone or any other dogs, but that it barks and runs along the fence when other dogs pass.

Reached by phone Friday, Gray said she has hired somebody to train her dog to act appropriately around other dogs "so that if she escapes our yard again, this type of incident would not happen."

The beagle seemed OK, but its owner reportedly said he would take the canine to a veterinarian clinic to check the cuts and puncture wounds. Gray told police she would pay for the beagle's veterinary bills, police reported.

Police inspected the 6-foot wooden privacy fence and found the latch to the rear gate sticks, and one must slam the door or lift the handle to secure it, police reported. Gray reportedly told police she would fix it immediately.

Police reportedly told Gray, 57, that she would be cited for the attack and her inability to control her dog.

"It was an unfortunate incident," Gray said Friday.

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