The owner of two pit bulls who critically injured a lakefront jogger in Chicago's Rainbow Beach Park Monday has been ticketed for both failing to keep them under control and not having city licenses for them -- but will not face criminal charges.
Jimmy Johnson, 57, of the 7600 block of South Coles Avenue, was cited Tuesday after he came forward to authorities, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Joseph Finley, 62, was in critical condition Monday night at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital after he was mauled and bitten over his entire body, including his face, arms and legs, by the pair of pit bulls around 6 a.m. Monday morning, according to the Tribune.
Stanley Lee, who lives nearby, heard Finley's cries for help and came to the man's aid. Lee said he swung a baseball bat toward the dogs in an attempt to thwart the attack, but they would not let up. When police arrived, the dogs charged toward the officers and were fatally shot.
"They was fighting dogs and that's what they do," Lee told Fox Chicago of the attack. "Normal dogs wouldn't do that. Stray dogs would never act like that. They knew what they wanted and their mission was to kill the man."
Neither dog, both of which weighed approximately 70 pounds, had identifying microchips or tags. Their remains will be tested for rabies.
Chicago Animal Care & Control Commissioner Cherie Travis, who spoke with the dogs' owner, told the Chicago Sun-Times that the dogs likely escaped through an open gate near the park and that there were no previous complaints on record concerning them.
Though the Chicago City Council has as recently as 2007 mulled a ban on pit bulls and other dogs sometimes trained for fighting, Travis described such action as a "kneejerk reaction" and told the Sun-Times she is "hesitant to malign an entire breed."