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.