Buffalo Grove police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 9:47 p.m. Wednesday December 12, 2018 to the area of Joel Lane and Horatio Boulevard to a report that two people were attacked and bitten by a dog. Both of the victims were women, and one of the women was immediately able to escape into a house. At one point the dog was being held down at about 9:50 p.m., but then escaped again. At another point the dog began attacking the second person again near Joel Lane and Horatio Boulevard.
The dog was then secured by the owner at Joel Lane and Parkchester Road. The dog was declared secured by 9:56 p.m., and a second Buffalo Grove ambulance was dispatched to the scene in the block of 700 Joel Lane by 9:59 p.m. The women were transported to Northwest Community Hospital, and were treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Buffalo Grove police reported on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 that the 4½-year-old female dog has been under home confinement since the attacks. Buffalo Grove’s animal control officer consulted with police officers and veterinarians, and on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, as a result of the attacks, the dog was declared dangerous. According to Buffalo Grove village ordinance, a dog is declared dangerous when it “represents a significant threat to the health or safety of the public.” The dog’s owner was given an order to remove the dog from his property within 10 days, according to the Buffalo Grove Police Department.
The dog’s owner, Michael Orik, 57, of the block of 1100 Joel Avenue in Buffalo Grove is expected to return the dog to the rescue organization where he adopted it about two months ago, Hansen added.
Police also cited Orik for allowing his dog to run at large. Orik is not expected to contest the citation and will pay a fine, according to the Buffalo Grove Police Department.
The attack occurred about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday December 12, 2018 as the women were walking in the block of 700 Joel Avenue, police said.
According to police reports, the dog first approached and attacked a 42-year-old Riverwoods woman, and bit her on the forearm and leg. The second victim was a 38-year-old Buffalo Grove woman, who suffered a bite on her foot.
The Riverwoods woman was able to flee, running to a nearby house for help. A male resident of the house rushed outside and was able to get the dog off the Buffalo Grove woman. Both women eventually escaped into the house.
At Northwest Community Hospital, the Riverwoods woman required sutures for her injuries.
Police said Orik arrived at the scene of the commotion and confirmed the dog was his dog. He secured the dog, and told police he let the dog out in his fenced backyard about 9:30 p.m. He said he believed the dog may have escaped through a gate left open by movers.
The breed of the dog was not initially confirmed.
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