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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Damsiens January 16, 2013 at 03:33 AM
Did he give an order or as the article clearly stated "let it go". If loud noises are enough to get a dog to attack... These stats "supporting" pit bulls lack of aggression are garbage for meatheads, there are just less of them. Pit bulls are for psycho trash both black and white.
Damsiens January 16, 2013 at 03:34 AM
And why the hell wasn't that dog shot instead of being returned to his ho ?
CB January 16, 2013 at 07:17 AM
Love the comment you need to get a refund on the psychology class and couldn't agree more. I would think most pitbull owners pull for the underdog or grew up with pitbulls that were loving family pets. That does not mean anything is wrong with them. Also please explain how you came to your conclusion he is afraid of minorities.. that is very puzzling because to me it read as though he loves his dog and believes that he trained it very well to be a loving and protecting family pet as most others raise their dogs and would not let anyone take it away from him.
MM January 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Did you all know that when the puppies are little and you're playing tug o' war with a rope or sock or something with the dog, that you are training it to not let go when it gets ahold of something? When playing with your puppies and dogs, don't play that game. Thanks for listening.
Tony Solesky January 16, 2013 at 02:06 PM
MM, I can tell you mean well but the truth is there is nothing wrong with playing tug of war with a dog. Did you know that simply raising your voice will stop most 99% of dogs from holding on no matter how often you play. Certainly hitting a dog with your fist, using a baseball bat or shooting a dog are not the result of playing tug of war. You simply can’t train a dog to run faster but you can teach it what to chase. Equally you can’t train a dog to hold on or even fight even after it has been hit with a shovel but you can train it what to fight. This is why they don't train other breed to fight. As the saying goes "it ain't in em" Again dogs are bred and trained to their breeding you can bring out traits you can not instill them through training. Pit Bulls have a breed problem because they are bred to fight and not let go not trained into not leting go.
Harry Gamala January 16, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Sartre, I didnt threaten Tony, I hardly doubt he would be the one on my doorstep if there was an attempt at another "Denver massacre". There is nothing to realize about my statement on low income minorities. I deal with facts and real life experience. You need another vocation in life. Trying to decipher peoples statements on a blog and applying it to the drivel that you read in a psychology book are pretty pathetic. The fact that you cant use your own name and you use that of a cheese eating surrender monkey, erases any credibility that you tried to establish.
Sartre January 16, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Harry, a lot of anger there, my friend ("cheese eating surrender monkey?"). Just exactly the kind of individual I would expect to need a pit bull to bolster his self esteem.
Harry Gamala January 16, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Self esteem has never been an issue for me and I dont have anger issues.I call it like I see it and you are an armchair psychologist that probably doesnt have a lot of friends. As far as my pitbull, its the first one that I have owned. The sad thing is that I never wanted one before because I bought into the media hype and I thought they were horrible creatures. The saddest thing is that I wish I wasnt so narrow minded about pitbulls. I was wrong, because I have owned many dogs and none was as loving as my pitbull is.
toni wise January 16, 2013 at 09:59 PM
I am a pitbull owner, I chose this bredd NOT for the "aggression" or "vicarious power" of the animal. I chose it because if responsible pet owners DONT start choosing to help these dogs and show people that they CAN be wonderful pets and companinions for humans AND other animals then the dogs will never stand a chance. they DO NOT bite MORE than other breeds but they are very powerful dogs so when they do bite the damage can be substantial. Small dogs bite FAR more often than ANY large breed but the strength is not behind them. Pitbulls are not typically good watch dogs, they are by nature people pleasers. They behave in the way the owners teach them...(in MOST cases)...they have NO IDEA that what they are doing is wrong. As with any dog, meet the parents...access their temperment...use the same practices you would use to choose ANY puppy then socialize socialize socialize (as with ANY large breed dog). I have noticed that if my dog does anything that any other dog would do...growl or makes growling like noises while playing (tail wagging the whole time) people panic! its RIDICULOUS and so very frustrating. I remember a time not too long ago that no one knew what a "pit bull" was and it was Rottweilers, Dobermans, Chows, German Shepherds that were the "killers". Golden Retrievers are the dogs that bite more than any other! look it up!
PitBullMomma January 17, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Pitbulls have been a part of our family as long as i can remember, growing up as a child and now having a child of my own I knew i wanted her to have the love and playfulness that a pit has to offer as growing up with him/her as your best friend. I cant stand hearing about how its the breeds fault, no where aside from these anti bully breeds home made "information" sites does it state this to be true. yes it is sad that since these are powerful, high energy dogs that they are often the first choice for ignorant people to use as a legal weapon or a source of income. but as a all around animal lover i can say from personal experience that the 4 times i have been randomly bit by a dog none of them were a pitbull but instead one of the "ideal breeds to own". one day, hopefully before these idiots get the control they are looking for - these close minded arrogent individuals will come to realize that pitbulls are just like guns... they have the potential to be dangerous... but only if in the wrong hands.
Gail Creath January 17, 2013 at 01:14 AM
I was attacked by a pit bull running loose in my neighborhood while walking my Bichon. According to his owners he was the nicest dog ever and loved everyone. This pit had also attempted to attack another neighbor in her yard and entered another neighbor's yard and was aggressive towards his dog. I beat that dog with a large rock and could not deter him from his mission of shaking my Bichon to death. The only thing that coukd stop him was a man jumping on him and restraining him with all his might. Pit bulls have been bred to tolerate pain, that's why they are so dangerous and not like any other breed. People need to stop blaming the owners and blame the breed. Pit bulls cannot be trusted. Period.
myname January 17, 2013 at 02:06 AM
And any good loyal dog will protect its owner no matter the breed
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Myname, please repost your comment without the profanity or personal comments about the victim.
Jean Richardson January 17, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Mr. Caldwell, pit bulls have the bad luck to be the breed most often chosen by bad owners. It is not a random thing like you seem to think. Awful people see awful news stories about pit bulls and think 'that's the dog for me.' It is a vicious circle and pit bulls are the losers in the cycle.
Stones January 17, 2013 at 01:56 PM
If you were randomly bitten by a pitbull four times, it's possible you wouldn't be here to write about it.
Tony Solesky January 17, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Jean, Pit bulls are one of the losers in the cycle but sadly not the only ones. This cycle is responsible for countless untold carnage to animals live stock pets and human beings as well as Pit bull on Pit Bull injury and human on Pit bull and bait dog cruelty. PETA has this issue right. For the sake of all of the victims in the cycle simply stop breeding them. Ban the Breed end the Deed! Domestic dog breeds are a man made ,not nature made event. If breeds where of nature then Poodles would only mate to Poodles and beagles to beagles.
RoastPuppy January 17, 2013 at 03:25 PM
You are right. Once pit bulls go after something, most of the time, nothing short of a bullet will stop them. There was a case of someone grabbing a pair of heavy garden shears and actually cutting off a pit bull's hind leg and it didn't deter the beast. Pit bulls literally "go crazy" when they are in "attack mode" and have been known to attack and shred tires on cars -- I have never seen, or heard of, any other dog doing such an asinine thing. Just a few months ago, pit bulls trying to get at a kitten, completely destroyed an SUV. A few years ago, there was a photo posted on the internet of a pit bull that attacked a porcupine. A normal dog requires only a couple quills from the porcupine to realize this isn't something to mess with, but the idiot pit bull kept attacking and attacking until it was full of quills and blinded in both eyes! Furthermore, the least little thing can "set off" a pit bull: a crying child, a squeaky toy, a thunderstorm, people arguing (as happened in this case), etc. and no one knows when their sweet, gentle "pittie" is going to snap. Owners of pit bulls are six times more likely to be attacked by their own dogs than owners of other breeds/types. And those pit bull owners who live to tell about their attacks all say the same thing: "I can't understand what happened ... never any signs of aggression ... such a good dog ...."
Jack January 17, 2013 at 03:32 PM
I love that everyone is saying that the violence is inherent in the breed...guess what, pitbull isn't even a breed!!! If people actually did their own research rather then repeat what the media says is "true", this "breed" might actually be seen as the amazing dogs that they are. And BTW, the most decorated military dog is a "pitbull" and the "breed" was touted as America's hero BEFORE the 80's and a certain Time Magazine article came out. And as for their linage, they were specifically breed NOT to attack people, if they did happen to nip or bite their handlers, the line was ended. So much for being trained to attack humans!! And one more thing, the temperment of a "pitbull" is better than that of a Beagle or Golden Retriver and no one ever has called those vicious. http://atts.org/breed-statistics/
RoastPuppy January 17, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Jeremy Rusin didn't own the freaking dog. It belonged to his girlfriend. Pit bulls will attack anyone or anything and they don't need a reason.
RoastPuppy January 17, 2013 at 08:55 PM
There is nothing more disgusting than a woman – and it’s ALWAYS a woman – who uses a name like "PitBullMomma" or "PibbleMom" or "Doggiemamma." Why do we never see a man calling himself "PitBulPappa" or whatever? I'm going to answer my own question: Because even male pit nutters like Clay Hund aren't dumb enough to think they are the "parents" of a freaking dog! Here's a suggestion, PitBullMomma, instead of posting asinine, unintelligible comments on the internet when you come up for air after having your nose stuck up your pit bull's rear end, try to find a course in English grammar and composition and TAKE IT! Everyone makes the occasional grammatical error when posting on the internet, but your post is so full of errors it is ridiculous!
RoastPuppy January 17, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Yeah, but he's white trash, as are all white pit bull owners. Pit bulls are the white trash dog-of-choice!
RoastPuppy January 18, 2013 at 04:28 AM
@Samantha: You say: "Scientific studies have proven that it is NOT in the genetic makeup of ANY breed to be overly aggressive. That is a learned behavior." Would you please name a "scientist," or anyone else except some misinformed pit nutter who has ever made such an idiotic claim? Obviously you know absolutely NOTHING about dog-breeding or genetics! Katherine Houpt, VMD, DACVB, PhD, director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cornell and author of "Domestic Animal Behavior,” says: "Different breeds have genetic predispositions to certain kinds of behavior ... The pit bull is an innately aggressive breed, often owned by someone who wants an aggressive dog ...."
PitBullMomma January 18, 2013 at 01:49 PM
roastpuppy: It's amusing how your main focus on my post was about my grammar and my name yet your name includes the word "puppy" in it. You have no valid points to your argument. Yes I am proud of my dogs as well as being a mother so your opinion of my ID on the Internet means little to nothing. if you were to go back and actually read what was wrote - you would clearly see that yes I stated Pit bulls CAN be dangerous, but no more dangerous than any other breed. (only difference is obviously a "purse dog" or any small breed doesn't have the strength to do severe damage. its like comparing a BB gun to a 9mm) The media focuses on the bully breeds because its what gets people in an uproar. If it were a husky, or a lab that attacked someone they would blame it on a fluke, or history of abuse to the animal. It would be the same as blaming a rapist for a "troubled past". I made it a point to not attack anyone's post individually because everyone is entitled to their opinion. As you are yours. it shows lack of intelligence when the first reaction to tell someone else how you are above them. So with that I will end this petty argument because it is like nailing jello to a tree. Your post has no real valid point aside that you know how to use spellcheck (congrats on that) and that you are so quick to get defensive as most do when they are riding a stereotype. Stones: If I was bit by any dog over 50 pounds there is a chance I wouldn't be here to write about it.
Farrell January 18, 2013 at 10:52 PM
cheese eating surrender monkey Surrender monkeys eat at Chuck E Cheeses, too? I did not know that. Weird - weird wild stuff.
Cha cha January 26, 2013 at 07:36 AM
I had my eye sliced open and my lip ripped off by a "beagle." Was raised around pit bulls, once America's proud war and nanny dog. The guy let the dog go to attack 3 times, obviously trained the dog for violence, is it really the dog or the person? Also, pit bulls outnumber all other breeds in the US, check facts for statistical accuracy before pointing fingers, Pit Bulls are also one of the ONLY "breeds" (pit bull is not a breed but rather characteristics) that has a 90% ratio of having pit bull in the title of an article. It's not the dog that's the problem, rather breeding, lack of consequence for dog fighting and horrible, irresponsible and uneducated owners. I studied criminal justice for years, I would not tell the child of a pedophile they will one day grow up to rape children....it is all in HOW that child is raised, just like the dog.
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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