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Mauling keeps boy in hospital

West Side victim critically injured

By Sean D. Hamill
Tribune staff reporter

February 26, 2003

A 22-month-old West Side boy was critically injured Monday when a Doberman pinscher that had also attacked a child last summer mauled the boy, biting him on the face and head, police said.

The attack occurred at 5:45 p.m. in an apartment in the 3900 block of West Grenshaw Street, said Chicago police spokeswoman Patrice Harper.

The attack came just 11 days after another dog attacked a woman and her 1-year-old daughter, seriously injuring the child, who is still in the hospital.

The attacks show people need to be reminded "to be responsible pet owners and not leave small children with any kind of pets, not just dogs," said Sandra Alfred, deputy director of Chicago's Animal Care and Control Department.

It was not known what led to Monday's attack, but the boy's mother, 16, told police she had gone to the bathroom when "she heard barking and crying and came out to find the dog attacking the child," Harper said.

No one has been cited in the case, but police are continuing to investigate, Harper said.

The boy was in critical condition Tuesday at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, a spokeswoman said.

The dog's owner, Gregory Bess, agreed to let the dog be destroyed, Alfred said. Testing will be done to determine if the dog carried rabies.

Bess could not be reached for comment.

William Billups, who lives in the home where the attack occurred, said the toddler was the child of the girlfriend of Gregory Bess' son. The girlfriend had been staying at the home for a few days, Billups said.

Billups, who lives with Bess' father in the apartment, said Bess brought the dog to stay in the apartment after it attacked a child last summer in Bess' home on the South Side. That child was not hurt as badly as the boy was Monday, he said.

Copyright © 2003, Chicago Tribune

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