GENEVA TOWNSHIP – The two dogs implicated in an attack on an elderly retriever on April 2 in Geneva Township also tried to attack another neighbor’s dog, according to the neighbor and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.
Kevin C. Woods of the 38W200 block of Glenwood Drive, Geneva Township is scheduled to appear in branch court on May 29 in connection with his pit bulls’ attack on the 9-year-old retriever.
According to the county’s ordinance, he faces a fine of $75 to $500.
But a neighbor of Woods, Jeffrey Glaser, also of the 38W300 block of Glenwood Drive, took issue with Woods’ statement to the Chronicle that his dogs “just don’t go attacking dogs or other people.”
Glaser said on Nov. 3, Woods’ two pit bulls went after his dog, Sprinkles, an Australian shepherd, while he was taking groceries and the dog into his house from the garage.
“I backed into the driveway, clipped him (Sprinkles' leash) on my belt, and I was with groceries in one hand and keys in the other hand. As I got to the door that goes into my house, I saw the white dog by the overhead door and the brown one behind him,” Glaser said.
“The white one went after Sprinkles. I kicked him a few times. Both dogs ran out. By the time I had my keys in the door, he went after Sprinkles a second time,” Glaser said. “He kept biting at (Sprinkles) but I kept between him and my dog. My pants had a tear in them, but they were work pants.”
Sprinkles did not get bit and was not bleeding, but the effort Glaser made to protect his dog wrenched its back and irritated an existing injury, Glaser said.
“His back legs don’t follow his front legs,” Glaser said.
Glaser called the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and spoke to a deputy, who then talked to Woods who said he would pay the vet bill of $130 for treating Sprinkles’ wrenched back.
According to a sheriff's report from that day, the suspect dogs were located and secured at the home in the 38W200 block of Glenwood Drive, where Woods lives. Woods told the deputy that his kids let the dogs in the back yard and there was a hole in the fence.
"Kevin advised he was sorry and offered to pay for any injuries," the report stated. "Jeffrey was advised that Kevin offered to pay for any damages."
The deputy also warned Woods that Glaser could still file a formal complaint with Kane County Animal Control, the report stated.
Woods, who said he has since found other homes for his two dogs, disputed Glaser’s statements.
“I never heard anything about that nor [were] any reports made or brought to my attention,” Woods stated in a text message. “If any of my neighbors have anything to talk to me about, they know where I live. And I never agreed to pay anything to [anyone] I haven’t spoken to personally.”
Woods’ text stated that if someone’s dog had run into his garage, he would have brought it to the owner’s attention.
“No one has brought anything to my attention nor made any reports about it which I see as irresponsible and probably shouldn’t have any pets,” Woods’ text stated. “The injury [to Sprinkles] was brought on by the owner’s actions not the dogs’ … Glaser should have come and spoke with me to make me aware of the situation but he didn’t so therefore, I [am] not responsible for his vet bill.”
Glaser had also called the sheriff's office on March 16 to complain about Woods' dogs running into his yard while he was outside with his children. According to the sheriff's report, Glaser was concerned that his dog or children could be bitten by Woods's dogs running loose.
The deputy spoke to Woods who said he was working on training the dogs.
As he lives two doors down from Woods, and was promised the vet bill would be paid, Glaser said he decided not to pursue a complaint.
Glaser said he mailed the vet bill to Woods.
But considering it has not yet been paid, coupled with the attack on Willie and seeing the two dogs repeatedly run through the neighborhood, Glaser said he would like to testify at Woods’ court date.
Glaser said the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office advised that they would have to subpoena him to testify, and they cannot do it unless there is a police report.
Glaser filed an additional report with a deputy on May 4, he said.
In an email, the state's attorney's office stated it cannot comment on a pending case.
Therese Schafer, who owns Willie, said her dog continues to recover from the April 2 attack.
“We are down to one resistant ear infection,” Schafer stated in a text message. “Hope to see if this last treatment helps.”