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May 16, 2012

Owners: Ill. cops overreacted by using TASER on pit bull

Officers arrived at the scene after the dog bit a family member, who required medical treatment

By Robert Sanchez
Chicago Daily Herald

ROSELLE, Ill. — A 2-year-old pit bull named Chooch died last week when Roselle police officers used a stun gun to subdue the dog after he bit a family member. Now Chooch's owners — Haley Alexis Pekala, 20, and her boyfriend Micheal Kotas, 22 — say police used excessive force to get the roughly 50-pound pit bull under control.

"They overreacted," said Pekala, of Roselle. "The dog didn't have to be Tasered. They Tasered him so bad that I have pictures of where his skin turned black. They took it way out of control."

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