The owner of two pit bulls will learn their fate under a dangerous-dog ordinance hearing before the town’s police commission Thursday.
The hearing follows an incident earlier this month in which the dogs, running loose, allegedly attacked another dog being walked by its owner, before turning on the owner and another woman who tried to help, according to police.
The incident occurred about 8:30 a.m. July 6 in the 2100 block of Bluebird Lane as a woman was walking her poodle, police said.
A witness said she heard dogs fighting and a woman screaming and ran outside to help get the pit bulls off the poodle, the police report states.
In the process, both women were bitten by the pit bulls, according to the report. Both women were treated by medics, and the witness was taken to Community Hospital in Munster for further treatment, police said.
The poodle was taken to a veterinary clinic for treatment.
When officers arrived, they found Dexter, a brown pit bull, being restrained by the witness and two men who stopped to help.
Another officer found the other pit bull, named Boulder, in the 9100 block of Wildwood and placed the animal in a squad car, according to the report.
The dogs’ owner, Vincent Groesche, said he had the dogs on leads in his backyard and that they must have broken loose, police said. The dogs last had vaccinations in 2009, the owner told police.
Groesche also admitted he did not have dog tags for them, police said.
Groesche faces five charges for vaccination violations, license violations and for the dogs running loose. Both dogs were taken to the Humane Society and placed under quarantine.
In 2012, the Highland Town Council put extra teeth into the dangerous-dog ordinance by saying a pet owner, whose dog is found to be dangerous, cannot own another dog for two years. In most cases, dangerous dogs will be destroyed, board members said at that time.
“It goes more after bad owners than bad dogs,” Town Councilman Bernie Zemen, D-1st, said when the ordinance was revised.
The Highland Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners is set to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday to review the case.