Police Cite Resident when Dog Runs Loose

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– A resident in the 400 block of Winnebago Street was issued a citation charging violation of the leash law on October 12.

Police received a complaint from a neighbor relating that he had returned from a bike ride and was standing by his garage in his driveway. Suddenly, his neighbor’s dog, a Brown pit-bull/boxer mix, approached him and began growling and barking at him. The man related that he was worried that the dog was going to bite him. He slowly walked back to his house. According to police, the man told them that he had asked the neighbor several times to secure the dog, but since there is no gate to secure the backyard and they continue to release the dog into the yard, the dog simply walks out.

Officer Sweitzer spoke with the dog’s owner, who told them that the dog is well-mannered and that he would not bite anyone. Officer Swietzer asked the owner if the dog was registered in Park Forest. She replied that she had just gotten his rabies shots and that she would purchase a Village license soon.

When she was advised that a citation had been issued for violation of the leash law, she became very angry and yelled, “I hate living in this town,” according to police.

The dog’s owner was advised that she must have a Village license for the dog by October 26 or another citation would be issued.