Jamie McKinley's neighbor called to apologize that she hadn't been able to walk his dog as she had said she would because she and her dog had been attacked by a pit bull.
"Billy and I were attacked by a pit bull in front of the building this afternoon," the woman said. "I was bit and Billy is very badly hurt; he's in surgery right now."
McKinley, a teacher at Everest College, said the owner of the pit bull lives across the gangway in the same red brick building as he and the victim, Pioneer PRess is reporting.
He said the victim was returning from her walk when the attack took place in the gangway of the building on the 1100 block of Oak. He said the pit bull apparently jumped out of a window in the apartment and ran into the yard. He couldn't recall seeing the dog run loose previously.
An Evanston police officer ended up shooting the pit bull, which continued to act in an aggressive manner after police arrived about 3 p.m. Wednesday, Commander Jay Parrott said.
The city's Animal Warden was still gathering information but was expected to cite the owner for allowing the animal to run off-leash and for having no city dog license, Parrott said.
The woman was walking her Labrador retriever mix when it was attacked by the pit bull, Parrott said. The pit bull also bit the woman multiple times as she tried to separate the animals, and then began attacking the other dog.
When police arrived, the pit bull had cornered the other dog in a vestibule and was still attacking the animal, Parrott said. The officer shot the animal to stop the aggressive behavior.
The woman took her dog to a veterinarian for treatment, Parrott said. The dog suffered bites to the neck, back, shoulder and leg.
He said the woman, who was bitten on the leg, sought treatment for her injuries but the results were not immediately known.
Police also had to shoot a dog last November. At that time the owner of the attacked dog pressed for a tougher dog law against people whose dogs had been involved in multiple incidents.