April 12, 2024

Aggressive Dogs near McHenry

Three people, including one deputy, were injured after a series of dog attacks near McHenry Thursday evening. The public is advised to be on the lookout for one dog that remains on the loose.

On April 11, at about 5:50 p.m., McHenry County Sheriff’s police and McHenry Township Fire Protection District were dispatched to reports of an aggressive dog fight at W Huemann Drive and Stilling Blvd near McHenry. The owner reported that she was unable to separate her dogs who were engaged in a fight, and she had sustained bite wounds. A neighbor, who attempted to help the owner, also sustained bite wounds. 

Upon arrival, deputies found three dogs loosely enclosed on a front porch, and two dogs corralled in a car. While speaking with the owners, the three dogs broke through the porch gate and aggressively ran towards responding deputies and fire personnel. Less-lethal attempts to control the dogs were made by use of tasers and a fire extinguisher. Subsequently, one dog was shot during the incident. One deputy also sustained a dog bite and was treated at a nearby hospital. 

McHenry County Animal Control took possession of three dogs while one dog remains on the loose. Deputies have continually looked for the remaining dog through the night and into the morning with no success.

The Sheriff’s Office understands the bond between an owner and their pet and only resorts to using lethal force when it comes to protecting the safety and well-being of citizens and deputies.

The dog at large is described as a petite dark brown pit bull with a white stripe on its face. If spotted, please do not approach. All sightings should be reported to the Sheriff’s Office or Animal Control at (815) 459-6222.