Sandy, a yellow Labrador, was enjoying a run with its owner Cindy Eckes, a little before 11 a.m. the morning of Saturday, Sept. 24. After running about five miles they ran along Columbia and Island streets, a route Eckes usually does not take on her way to her Superior Street home.

“Running-wise, I usually avoid that street,” she said. Eckes said she had passed the residence without her dog in the past with no problem.

But this time, she told the Chippewa Falls City Council Tuesday night, one of the pit bulls went under a fence and attacked her dog. A second pit bull joined the other by going under the fence.

One of the pit bulls left the 2-year-old and larger Sandy with four puncture wounds. Eckes said she kicked at the smaller pit bull three times and the larger one twice in an effort to get them away from Sandy.

“I kept kicking them off and they kept coming back,” she said.

Finally a man came over to help. He kicked the dogs hard and sent them running. Eckes said the owners of the pit bulls then came out of the residence.

Police Chief Wendy Stelter told the council the owner of the pit bulls wound up with a citation and warnings.

“There have been other complaints on those dogs as well,” Stelter said.

Eckes told the council her dog has recovered, but she doesn’t understand how those two pit bulls can live in the city.

“I really don’t think those pit bulls are safe,” she said.

Council member Brian Flynn suggested the city’s Public Safety Committee should look into what the city could do.

“That’s pretty terrible,” he said of Eckes story.

Bill Hicks, chairman of the committee, said he would invite Eckes to speak at an upcoming meeting of the panel.

City Attorney Bob Ferg said there are provisions in the state law about putting animals down, but the animals must do something before action can be taken.

In other council action

-- Richard Hebert was confirmed on a 6-0 city council vote Tuesday as the new director of Parks and Recreation for Chippewa Falls. Hebert has been the longtime assistant director of the department. He succeeds Bill Faherty, who retired earlier this year.

-- An ordinance restricting where concealed weapons can be brought on city property received a first reading. The ordinance will come back again at the next council meeting. The state’s new law allowing concealed weapons goes into effect next month.

(16) comments

reader111
reader111

I am very proud of this girl. It's great to see someone local win an award.

Stinger, can you name one thing that he asked for in his budget that was not needed? Just name one thing since you feel he asks for unnecessary items.

reader
reader

Speaking of dogs running loose! Try walking on East Greenville Street. The dogs from 234 are constantly running loose and come at us as we walk by on the sidewalk. They seem to have no bounderies as do the owners who live there.

OKOKOKOK
OKOKOKOK

It is easy to see that Zinger gets most of his news information pictorily!! Reading takes a lot of time.

ECresident
ECresident

Sadly, a good many of us have dogs in our neighborhood that would be better suited somewhere else. Pitbulls have a reputation as we know, and a good amount of negativity surrounds the owner's lack of control in disciplining and social training of the animal. It isnt the dogs fault, go after the owner. Im happy the jogger didnt get harmed, and her dog wasnt chewed up seriously. Go after the owners for any cost associated with the injuries.

Truth Serum
Truth Serum

Island street is becoming a public eyesore. Time to look at doing something with the run-down rentals, trash and pit bulls.

wiscogirl
wiscogirl

I think it's unacceptable that this girl had to endure this terrible experience. I only hope that she, and all others, can maintain some level of respect for our animal friends. As the owner of two very well behaved pit bulls, it sickens me to hear stories like this. My dogs are getting old now and it's a shame that I have to ponder the thought of getting another pitbull because of the harsh criticizm and vicious reputation they have been given by the media and irresponsible owners.

reader111
reader111

Every animal has the ability to attack anyone at any given time, that's why they are called animals. It is absolutely the owners responsibility to keep the animals trained. Especially animals that have a higher ability for violence. I had a greyhound growing up which are known to be very good around people and it bit a delivery person. It happens, but we can't blame one specific breed of dog, we need to blame the owners for lack of obedience. If there's a hole in the fence, fix it.

empire 2
empire 2

reader111 and wiscogirl, prove to me that other breeds of dogs attack as often as pit bulls. Show me as many articles about other breeds attacking as pit bulls. You can't. There is a problem with this breed or the people who own them. Either way they should be banned. For every

CFDad
CFDad

Conceal Carry. Bang. No more vicious pit bull.

Joe
Joe

It won't solve all problems but people need to keep their dogs on a leash as the law states. Tieouts are also required. Take responsibility!! Enforce the laws! We've had the same problems walking our Maltese in the West Hill.

brainfreezer1
brainfreezer1

Pitbull fans can say all they want how other breeds attack; and the stats might bear them out; other breeds might attack or bite more often than pitbulls. However, I have yet to read of a chihuahua kiling a human baby or of a French poodle mauling someone's grandma to death. There's a difference between nippy and jaws of steel. Pitbulls are trained to kill.

pitbul
pitbul

I own a PitBull and take great offense to many of the comments posted regarding my chosen breed. We live in the USA and when they take away my right to own a certain breed of dog, Goodbye!! Sure ban PitBulls-you don't think people will just move on to other breeds?? Look at Shepherds/Dobermans of the 70's and Rottweilers of the 80's. I am a resoponsible pet owner, my dog is neutered, vaccinated, and trained. He is not some vicious wild

pitbul
pitbul

animal. Heck, most people probably wouldn't even recognize him as a PitBull. Most peoples perception of a PitBull is so far out of whack it is silly! Give this a try: http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/findpit.html

As far as the Chihuahua killing a baby comment, this is darn close! http://articles.latimes.com/2000/oct/09/local/me-34015

I have worked in the animal field for nearly 10 years. Actually I work at a facility where we do many quarentines and PitBull are certainly not

pitbul
pitbul

even in the top breeds that we see for biting. Imagine that! I have seen far more of "Americas Favorite Dog" the Labrador Retriever aggressive temperaments than I have ever seen PitBulls. I have even been bitten by one. Perhaps they should be banned too? Remember the lady in Tilden that was attacked? It was done by Labs!! The owners need to take responsibility for their animals. When that happens I will be happy. The PitBulls on Island St are NOT owned by responsible people by any

pitbul
pitbul

stretch of the imagination. They certainly should not own any dog of any breed, they probably couldn't even take care of a houseplant. Thank you residents of Island St for giving myself and my very well behaved PitBull a bad name!

cfallsmom
cfallsmom

As soon as I saw the title of this article I knew EXACTLY which house this was. I walk my dog around town and after a few times of walking past that house I changed my route. The house always has trash in the yard, and a couple pit bulls that are always trying to get under the fence when another dog comes by. That fence was put up by an idiot, needs to be better secured and those people need to have their dogs taken away. This is not the dogs' fault by any means.

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