Northwestern 12-6-10

Six Wounded by Wild Dogs

At least six people were wounded early Sunday in in what they claim were attacks by a pack of stray dogs.

The attacks happened as far north as the Uptown neighborhood, which has seen a rash of wild animal sightings over the last three weeks, and as far south as the Englewood neighborhood, with two other incidents on the West and Southwest sides.

A man in his mid-30s walked into Weiss Memorial Hospital with large canine bite wound on his left wrist about 4:15 a.m., Animal Control Officer John Mirabelli said. Doctors are treating him for a high fever and convulsions. A source at Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) would not rule out a new, more virulent strain of rabies.

That incident happened about a block from what a Wilson Avenue resident Shirley McKenzie called “… a mugging thwarted by three big wolves.”

Ms. McKenzie told Chicago Tribune reporter John Johnson how she was returning home from her shift at Dennys Restaurant when, “A man in a ski mask jumped out of the bushes and demanded my purse. He had a gun, and I was about to hand it over when he was attacked by wolves! I ran away when they dragged him to the ground. I thought they were going to eat me too!”

About 1:50 a.m., two people were menaced at a house party in the 500 block of North Avers Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said.

An 18-year-old woman was bitten on the thigh and a 41-year-old man in the scrotum and thigh when “a large dog” smashed through the windshield of his Cadillac on the 2700 block of West 50th Street in Gage Park.

The woman was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition, police said. The man ended up at Stroger Hospital, but it’s unclear how, police said. He went into surgery for his wounds.

Police are urging Chicago residents to keep small pets and children inside, to update rabies vaccinations, and to use caution when venturing out after sunset.

by Ingvar Furkan12/6/2010

Northwestern 12-6-10

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