Two Pit Bulls Attack, Seriously Injure Chicago Lakeside Jogger

01/03/2012 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Chicago, IL — The owner of two pit bulls is facing fines after his dogs attacked a lakefront jogger at Rainbow Beach Park, before the dogs were shot by a Chicago police officer on Monday, January 2, 2012, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The owner of the dogs, Jimmy Johnson, 57, of the 7600 block of South Coles Avenue, claims that someone left the gate open at his home, which allowed the dogs to escape. The two dogs are described to be 70-pound unneutered adult male with collars, but did not have tags or microchips. One dog was reportedly a chocolate brown color and the other was white with dark spots.

Joseph Finley, 62, was reportedly seriously injured in the dog attack and is listed in critical condition.

Witnesses tried to stop the dog attack with a baseball bat, but their efforts proved unsuccessful. Chicago police ultimately had to shoot the dogs.

Johnson was ticketed twice for each dog on charges of failing to restrain the animals and not having city dog licenses. He is facing possible fines of over $2,000 for failing to restrain and license the dogs. Chicago codes allow fines of $1,000 if an unrestrained dog leads to severe injuries.

Johnson is scheduled to appear to an administrative court hearing in March.

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