Naperville Police Respond to Multiple Reports of Dogs Running Loose, Chasing Children

On March 15, 2017 at approximately 2:45 p.m., Naperville Police responded to the 5000 block of Christa Drive on the city’s far southwest side for multiple reports of two dogs running loose, chasing children as they got off the school bus.

Upon arrival in the area, a Naperville Police officer witnessed two dogs running toward Naperville firefighter/paramedics, who were in the area on an unrelated call. The officer yelled to the firefighter/paramedics to return to their vehicle, at which time the dogs turned in the direction of the officer and began to charge at him. Fearing for his safety and believing he would be unable to retreat without being attacked, the officer fired his weapon at the dogs, grazing one in the leg. The dogs then fled from the officer and were located shortly after at their home.

The dogs’ owner, Karen Wells of the 4100 block of Callery Road, was cited under City ordinance for allowing the dogs to run at large. The owner transported the injured dog to a local animal hospital for treatment. No persons were injured during this incident.

This incident remains under investigation at this time. Media inquiries can be directed to the Department’s on-duty watch commander at (630) 420-6157.

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