SUGAR GROVE – A gray and white pit bull and its owner are being sought in Sugar Grove in order to see if its rabies shots are current after a 14-year-old girl was bitten on the hand, the girl’s mother said.
Jennifer Becker, who lives in the Settlers Ridge subdivision, said the bite occurred on Feb. 27 and she has 10 days in which to locate the dog and its owner before her daughter has to undergo rabies vaccine shots herself.
“I am desperately trying to locate them and the dog, so I can see if the dog is up to date on shots,” Becker posted in a message on social media. “If I can’t, my daughter will have to go through the rabies vaccination. And not to mention, there is a dangerous dog in our community with owners that aren’t being responsible.”
Becker said her daughter was walking with a friend on one of the paths in their neighborhood at 4:15 p.m. Feb. 27 when a gray and white pit bull bit her on the hand.
A man was walking the pit bull and a German shepherd, and a woman who was with him was walking two little dogs and carrying a third little dog, Becker said.
The dog walkers took up the entire path and the dog jumped at Becker’s daughter and bit her as she went around them in the brush.
“He pulled hard on the dog and he let go,” Becker said. “The man looked at my daughter and said, ‘You’ll be fine.’”
Then the couple left with all their dogs, Becker said.
In a social media posting, Becker stated that X-rays showed the bite to her daughter’s left hand was so deep, it had scraped to the bone.
Becker said her daughter described the couple as both appearing to be Hispanic, in their mid-30s, 5-foot-3 and of thin to average build.
The woman had her hair tied in a bun and wore black yoga pants, Becker said.
The German shepherd was the classic color and size of a shepherd, Becker said.
When the man pulled on the pit bull’s leash, he did not say the dog’s name, Becker said.
Becker said she filed reports with Kane County Animal Control and Sugar Grove police.
Sugar Grove Police Chief Pat Rollins said anyone who knows the couple or the dogs is asked to provide information to police by calling 630-391-7250.
"So we can follow up," Rollins said. "So we can determine whether the animals have proper vaccinations and to look further into the incident."