Pit Bull Owner Fined After Attack At Veterinary Clinic

The owner of a pit bull who attacked two vet technicians while in a Tinley Park veterinary clinic in February has been fined for the attack. According to the Chicago Tribune, the pit bull attack happened on February 21 of this year at the Veterinary Clinic of Tinley Park at 17745 S. Oak Park Ave.

The pit bull, known as both Buddy and Sampson, had reportedly been brought into the veterinary clinic by Stephanie Hanson, the dog’s foster mom. Hanson said she had brought the pit bull into the clinic to have some sutures removed and to have a possible infection checked out.

According to the Tinley Park Patch, Buddy the pit bull allegedly bit one veterinary technician in the face before biting a second on both of her arms. The dog was then taken to an animal hospital before being taken into custody by the city.

The pit bull has been quarantined by the city since the attack, though Anthony Concialdi says that Buddy was only required to stay in custody for 10 days. In his petition on change.org, Concialdi wrote:

“He has already fulfilled his mandatory 10 day quarantine at an animal hospital, however Cook County has put a hold on him forcing him to remain there until his court date, which has not been communicated to us yet.”

He continues on to plead with people to help bring the pit bull home and says that:

“Cook County wants him destroyed. I am willing to accept any restrictions that may be imposed on the condition of his release. I will build whatever fence, post any sign, use a muzzle in public and with all future vet visits. Whatever it takes. I am fighting as hard as I can for him. Buddy is running out of time and he needs all the help he can get.”

The Chicago Tribune stated that a hearing was held on Wednesday night where “an administrative officer ruled that Smith (the owner of the pit bull) did not allow a dangerous animal to run free in the village but did fine her for the dog bite.”

The administrative officer, Mike Carroll, said in his ruling that “it’s clear that the dog is dangerous” though he did not fine Smith the maxim amount of $750.00 because testimony had indicated that the dog was not generally a violent one.

Cynthia Cecott, the owner of the Veterinary Clinic of Tinley Park was questioned about what she thought should be done with the pit bull and she responded with “I don’t want to see (the) dog bite again.” According to the Patch Concialdi has stated that should Buddy be freed, he “fully intends to adopt him.”

An official hearing regarding Buddy the pit bull has not been set at this time.

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