Parolee attacked a CTA security dog in the Loop, prosecutors say

Ivory Smith and the Clark-Lake CTA platform | Chicago Police Department; CWBChicago file photo

CHICAGO — A parolee with a lengthy criminal background is facing a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge for allegedly attacking a CTA security canine in the Loop.

Transit security officers asked Ivory Smith, 44, to exit a train at Clark-Lake because he was creating a “disturbance” shortly after 6 p.m. on January 4, according to a Chicago police arrest report.

As he stepped from the train, Ivory struck a security K9 named Roman “multiple times with his foot and hand” in the face and chest, the report stated. Dogs used by CTA’s security contractors wear muzzles that prevent them from biting people—even if they are being attacked.

Roman’s handlers tackled Ivory and held him down until police arrived.

According to court records, Judge Barbara Dawkins released him from custody the next day with a nighttime curfew.

Smith was released from Stateville Correctional Center on July 17 after serving six months of a one-year sentence he received for criminal damage to government property. His parole is scheduled to end next Wednesday, January 17.

Cook County court records show he has accumulated 59 criminal cases, including 10 felonies, since 1997. In addition to the case he’s on parole for, his previous prison sentences include two criminal damage to government property cases in 2021; aggravated DUI in 2021; being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2018; theft in 2016; escape from electronic monitoring in 2012; and manufacture-delivery of cocaine in 2004.

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