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Man Let Pit Bull Attack Mom Three Times, Cops Say

Mother thought she was going to die, police said. Twenty-one-year-old son being held in Cook County Jail on $20,000 bail.

A 21-year-old man faces felony charges after police said he let his pet pit bull attack his mother multiple times, reports said.

Jeremy Rusin, 21, of the 4900 block of West 91st St. was charged with battery, domestic battery and assault. He is being held on $20,000 bail at the Cook County Jail.

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Oak Lawn police responded to a report of a pit bull attacking a female as two people stood by and watched in the 4900 block of West 91st Street around 9:42 p.m. Jan. 4.

The caller told police that he was driving past the house when he slowed his car to see what was happening. Rusin allegedly yelled, “what the f--- are you looking it. Mind your business and get the f--- out of here,” the report said.

Police said the caller drove away and called 911. As he was on the phone, Rusin drove up behind him in a silver car. Taking off his shirt and walking toward him, Rusin allegedly told the caller he was going to “kick his ass.”

When police arrived, Rusin put on his shirt. Officers said he was not making any sense when they handcuffed him. As police were opening the squad door, Rusin allegedly shouldered an officer in the chest.

Police said that Rusin immediately fell to ground complaining of shoulder pain. After a brief struggle, he was placed into the squad car, reports said.

Officers spoke to Rusin’s 51-year-old mother, who said she was sitting in the living room when her son came of out his room extremely angry and yelling, police said.

Rusin’s agitated state caused his 75-pound pit bull, Diesel, to start biting his mother in her stomach and arms. The mother said her son got hold of the dog as she tried to run outside, reports said.

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Police said that Rusin let Diesel go, allowing the dog to attack his mother again. The mother said her son did not want her to leave, so he reportedly grabbed her by the shoulder and threw her against the wall, causing her to hit her head.

As she ran outside, police said Rusin allegedly let the dog go a third time, which began attacking his mother on the front lawn.

Eventually the mother ran across the front lawn and told a neighbor to call police. Rusin then drove off after the passing witness.

According to the report, the mom said she thought numerous times that her son was going to kill her. She thought she was going to die when her son kept letting go of the dog, police said. The woman’s sister later brought her to the hospital.

Diesel, the dog, was aggressive and unapproachable, officers said. Rusin’s girlfriend was told by police to take the dog to Animal Welfare League until further notice.

At the station, Rusin allegedly refused to be fingerprinted. He again complained of shoulder pain and kept banging on his cell door, police said.

Rusin’s next court appearance is on Jan. 18.

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Cha cha January 26, 2013 at 07:48 AM
Oh, and I'm a pit bull mommy too, my sons a pit bull brother, my dogs trained, loved and on her way to service dog testing. She is not beaten, used for fighting...rather I proudly show her an example of what the breed truly is, saldy those characteristics are manipulated for bad. Do you know how many war veterans have pit bull service dogs? Are you aware of how many pit bulls have protected their home against intruders? How many pit bulls serve as police dogs? One of our greatest drug busts...was possible because of a pit bull. For EVERYONE, either an owner or a hater I recommend the DVD, "Beyond the Myth" that's released by Chako.
TheUNowen January 26, 2013 at 07:51 AM
Our community has bigger problems, Gangs, Robberies, illegals etc. and THIS is all you people put your energy into? Bitching and moaning over a dog and whether all dogs are good or bad or its how they're trained!?!? You all fail, miserably...
Tony Solesky January 26, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Cha cha, Update your Pit bull apologist hand book. These myths are addressed in the courts opinion. The ASPCA does not promote that now. why?. Because the breed is banned in the US military now. They have Pit Bull awareness day then say they don't exist. They are banned in their country of England. They even said in the court they were the nanny dog once and then said you should never leave a child alone with any dog including Pit bulls. As far as the beagle, I am sorry for your pain. Tell us who paid the claim and how did you prove it. Mauling victims will bet all they own in a contest against all you own that a bad ass beagle will release if you whack it with a 2x4 go train one and I will bring my sister Pit bull. This is about inherent dangerous behavior, not vicious dog training. Just remember, under one free bite I had to prove your dog was dangerous now you get to prove your dog is not. If I could'nt prove it when I had in the old system how can I prove it under HB78 what is the difference? Fools victory. The issue is why does anyone have to prove anything other then we had a car accident and one or the other or both inusurance companies make the victim whole? A good laywer makes great arguement on the laws that exist. That is why if we had Jim Crow laws today a good lawyer can make a good case in the law. Overturning laws is about creating a good law to address what happens to victims all the rest is poker. Think about the victim ,not the dog, not the landlord
Tony Solesky January 26, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Better yet, tell the State. www.dogsbite.org/maryland
Cha cha January 26, 2013 at 06:07 PM
So the size of the dog is what matters? A small beagle can be wacked off of a person so it's okay to have them? A bigger dog isn't as easy? If that's the case, German shepherds and a whole list of "other" breeds should be banned too. I was the victim, I wasn't properly instructed on how to handle foreign dogs, a fault that falls in the heads of my parents, unfortunately, the dog paid the ultimate price for both our errors. The fact is that ALL dogs have the tendency to bite, should we ban all ALL dogs? Erase the species? A dog temperament depends on how it is with children, a person should never leave a child with a dog unattended, I think the concept of nanny dog gets seriously twisted with a false image of Peter pans Nana. They are good with kids, they should never take the place of a nanny, they're dogs. Arguing this point with others set against it is almost mute, there's a whole array of Military personnel fighting for their dogs, being forced to live off base, the owners of this breed are beginning to stand up. Once upon a time the Rottweiler was thought of like the pit bull, something frightens a human and they lose all sense of compassion towards a living, breathing and loving animal. I'm sorry, but once you hear the desperate cries if an animal used for bait, an animal greater badly and then see the fear they show....is all because of OUR mistreatment. As a society we get real good at not wanting to take blame.

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