Evanston police are searching for the owner of a golden retriever believed to have mauled a 15-pound Chinese Crested dog on Monday, according to police Cmdr. Jason Parrott.
The owner of the smaller dog told police that a roughly 100 pound dog attacked her dog around 6 p.m. near Lincoln and Jackson, Parrott said. She said she had to wrestle her dog out of the larger dog’s teeth, and believed the bigger dog was a golden retriever.
Following the attack, the woman told police that her dog had a large hole in the center of its body and had to be euthanized, according to Parrott.
“She indicated that the [larger] dog acted without an provocation at all,” he said.
Police are trying to track down the owner of the larger dog, according to Parrott. However, he said there may not be any violation of local law, if both animals were on leashes, as the smaller dog's owner reported, and if both had the appropriate tags and registration.
“There may not be an actual ordinance violation, but its going to be dependent on what we find out,” he said. “That doesn’t mean the person can’t bring civil action.”
The owner of the larger dog is described as a 60- to 70-year-old white woman, who stands about 5 feet tall and was wearing a dress, according to the Evanston Review.
A similar incident happened in Wilmette in June, when a golden retriever attacked a dog walker and toy poodle, leaving the poodle with injuries so severe it had to be euthanized, according to Wilmette Police. The dog’s owner was issued multiple citations, for having a dog at large, owning an unlicensed dog, attack or bite of persons or animals and having a dangerous animal.