CHICAGO (CBS) – The police are looking for two men who committed a bizarre theft on Saturday morning in the Rive-Sud district. The men allegedly used a dog as a weapon.
At around 4:30 a.m., the victim was trying to get into his car, which was parked along E. 67th Street near South Jeffery, when the pit bull and his owners approached him. The owner unleashed the dog on him so they could steal him.
The 30-year-old black Nissan sedan was still parked there hours later, but the thieves took his wallet, keys and cash, and the dog bit his left arm and both legs.
According to police, after that he went to the University of Chicago Medical Center for treatment. He was in serious condition.
“A well-trained dog can cripple you or kill you, simple as that,” said Daniel McElroy, who has been training dogs for 20 years. “A highly trained dog that is obedient, can do aggression on command and can respond to threats from its master,” he said.
This theft used his line of work for evil.
“I train guard dogs because I want people to be safe from this sort of thing, not to be victimized by this sort of thing using a dog,” he said. “It makes everything bad.”
He even showed CBS 2’s Sabrina Franza how he trains his dogs to bite — safely.
“You sometimes come across dogs that are just aggressive dogs,” he said. “And if someone has a dog and they know they have an aggressive dog, maybe they could take it out and unleash it on someone.”
He also said it was unlikely that this pit bull was scared.
“The dog that bites out of fear, the dog that bites just because he’s afraid. But the dog that bites you because he’s afraid will bite you and then gain space; he wants distance. ”
CBS 2 asked what the victim should have done.
“The best way to protect yourself is to put your fingers together, put them behind your neck, roll into a ball in less vital areas so you don’t get hit in vital areas,” McElroy said.
Police are still looking for the two robbers who assaulted the victim. The investigation is ongoing.