Vicious dog controversy continues in Chicagoland

Vicious dog controversy continues in Chicagoland

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Dogs that are potentially dangerous have been a topic of passionate debate.

On Tuesday, FOX 32 News talked about a police officer in Hammond who shot a pit bull.

On Monday, FOX 32 talked about what's happening in Homer Glen: After a series of dog attacks -- including the most recent, in which a mini schnauzer was killed -- village trustees are considering an all-out ban on so-called "vicious dogs." However, how to determine which dogs are vicious would have to be worked out. One trustee said it would not be breed-specific.

FOX 32’s Facebook page was flooded with comments. Nearly all of them blasted the proposed ban.

"Ban vicious dogs? That could even be a poodle. It is the training of the dog," Lisa wrote.

Of course, there is another side to the debate.

When dog attacks do happen -- whatever the reason, or whoever, is to blame -- the results can be heartbreaking.

FOX 32 News talked Tuesday with Jeff Borchardt, a Wisconsin man who's 14-month-old son Daxton was attacked and killed by two dogs at his babysitter's house. The dogs were pit bulls who Borchardt said had been raised well. He knew the dogs and said they were nice. He had no concern about them being around his son. Then, came the attack.

Borchardt is now an advocate for canine education. His group does not call for a ban on pit bulls. However, he said much more awareness of the danger is needed.

Jeff Borchardt's website Daxton's Friends

American society for the prevention of cruelty to animals: Link 1, Link 2

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