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Woman shoots mixed-breed pit bull after it was 'acting aggressively' in Romeoville

A woman shot and injured a mixed-breed pit bull named Grizzly Thursday night outside a Romeoville residence after the dog was acting "aggressively" toward her husband.
A woman shot and injured a mixed-breed pit bull named Grizzly Thursday night outside a Romeoville residence after the dog was acting "aggressively" toward her husband.

A woman shot and injured a mixed-breed pit bull named Grizzly on Thursday night outside a Romeoville residence after the dog was acting “aggressively” toward her husband.

Romeoville police responded about 8:30 p.m. Thursday to the 300 block of Hayes Avenue for a report of a dog shot, according to a news release from the police department.

When police arrived, they learned the dog had run from its yard to a house across the street. It then aggressively approached a male resident and his dog, who were outside on the driveway.

The man’s wife heard her husband yelling and came outside with a .38-caliber handgun to investigate, according to the release.

The couple then reported the dog was aggressively barking and was attempting to bite the man.

Initially, the dog’s caretaker was able to lure the pit bull back across the street with “commands and treats,” but it later returned to “acting aggressively” toward the pair.

The woman told police she fired a “warning shot” at the ground in an attempt to deter the dog’s aggression, and, when that did not work, she shot the dog in the shoulder.

The dog was transported to an animal clinic in Plainfield for emergency treatment, and the incident remains under investigation. The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office plans to review the case, according to the release.

Grizzly’s owner started a GoFundMe for the dog’s medical care, saying the pit bull had “pretty severe internal bleeding” and is “a good boy.” As of Monday afternoon, the site had raised almost half of its $3,000 goal.

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