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Dog bites man walking pet; animal to be euthanized

CARY – A man was bitten by a dog earlier this week while trying to protect his own pet.



A married a couple was walking their dog on a leash Tuesday evening in the Greenfields of Cary subdivision when a female beagle/pit bull mix came out of a backyard and attacked the couple's dog, Cary police said.



The man tried to break up the two dogs, and was bitten on his hand. The man's wife was able to pull the couple's dog away. The man was taken to a hospital.



The female beagle/pit bull mix was restrained and detained by McHenry County Animal Control. Its owner, Romka Zuchora, 59, permanently relinquished the dog to Animal Control, and police said the dog would be euthanized.



Zuchora was cited for having a dog at-large.



Deputy Police Chief Ed Fetzer said that when a dog is found running loose and bites someone, it is considered an animal running at large and Animal Control investigates.



This is the second time the beagle/pit bull mix has been involved in an incident of dog-on-dog aggression, said Debra Quackenbush, spokeswoman for the McHenry County Department of Health.



"The animal continued to exhibit aggressive behavior," Quackenbush said. "Based on this, our veterinarian administrator made the decision to euthanize the animal and submit its specimen for rabies analysis. The results will determine whether or not the person who was bit should receive rabies treatment."



• Reporter Lawerence Synett contributed to this article.

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