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PAWS pet of the week: Tory!

Tory is a handsome 10-month old black Labrador Retriever mix.  He is very social and loves being around people.  Tory likes to jump in your lap (he doesn’t know he’s a big dog) to be petted, belly rubs please!  He likes chomping on chew on toys and lights up when told he’s a good boy. This big-hearted pup enjoys going for walks, car rides, and trips to the dog park.  He’d make an amazing companion to the lucky adopter or family that scoops him up.

Meet Tory today at the PAWS Chicago Lincoln Park Adoption Center, located at 1997 N. Clybourn Avenue in Chicago. For more information, visit pawschicago.org or call 773-935-PAWS.

Join PAWS Chicago this Sunday, October 14 from 12-4pm, for the Angels with Tails Roscoe Village adoption event!  PAWS, along with seven other local shelters and rescue groups, will team up to bring the faces of Chicago’s homeless animals to 31 stores and sidewalks along Roscoe Street in the heart of the Roscoe Village neighbourhood. The 7th Annual Angels with Tails Roscoe Village is an opportunity to meet your new best friend and experience the joy a pet can bring to your life. For more information on this adoption event, please visit  www.pawschicago.org/angelswithtails or call 773-935-PAWS!  


PAWS pet of the week: Demi!


Demi is a sweet 6-year-old Pointer Mix who had a rough start before she came to PAWS Chicago. Poor Demi was in a critical state after injuring her back leg trying to climb a barbed wire fence. Demi needed two corrective surgeries to repair the damage and was in a lot of pain, but thankfully this strong girl pulled through. Demi spent a month in recovery at PAWS Chicago’s Medical Center where she received laser treatments, antibiotics, and special care for the medical staff. She is now ready to complete her story and find a home to call her own! Demi hopes to find a family that will love and spoil her endlessly.

For more information on Demi, who is currently spending time in a foster home, call 773-935-PAWS, or email [email protected].

PAWS Pet of the Week: Karl

Karl is one handsome boy, and he hopes his good looks can help him find a family to call his own. This 1-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier can be a bit timid around strangers, but once he gets to know you, he loves to be petted and snuggled all day long. Despite his dapper looks, Karl loves to play, and turns into a huge goofball during playtime! When he’s not playing, Karl can be quite lazy, and enjoys stretching out in a sunny spot for a nap. Karl would do best in an active, adults-only home with an experienced owner who can continue his training. While he’s already mastered some tricks, this smart pup hopes to keep his brain busy by learning even more.

Karl, along with many other adorable dogs and cats, will be available for adoption today at noon at the PAWS Chicago Lincoln Park Adoption Center, located at 1997 N. Clybourn Avenue in Chicago.  For more information call 773-935-PAWS or visit www.pawschicago.org.

Enjoy this video of Karl.

PAWS pet of the week: Myrtle!



Myrtle is passionate about exercise and being constantly on the move! This three-year-old Beagle mix hopes to find someone who shares her active lifestyle and enthusiasm for living life to the fullest. There’s no question about it, Myrtle is one of the peppiest dogs at PAWS Chicago. Myrtle is very food motivated and always willing to work for her treats in training class.

Myrtle is searching for a home with an experienced owner and without young children. A home with a backyard would be a bonus for Myrtle so she can have her own space to run around and enjoy the outdoors. Some of Myrtle’s favorite fun activities include playing tug of war and eating tons of creamy peanut butter!  She is so deserving of a loving forever home and is always eager to please!

Myrtle will be one of the many dogs and cats who will have a WAIVED adoption fee this weekend during our Summer Lovin’ event, where we are waiving fees for some of our longest term residents. The event will take place at the Lincoln Park Adoption Center on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29 from 11am-6pm.  To see the eligible dogs and cats, visit www.pawschicago.org/adopt. By rallying the community and generating more adoptions, PAWS is able to take in and save more dogs and cats from high-risk shelters.


The Steve Dahl Show – May 18, 2018 – Sample

Daddy is still home but feeling better everyday. Brendan is trying to fight male pattern baldness. Dag is playing a gig this weekend. Stever and the boys run their mouths about shoes in the house.

Pet of the Week – Schatzi

Schatzi is a beautiful and energetic three-year-old Boxer mix looking for an active adopter to make her part of their family. She’s one of the longest-term shelter guests at PAWS Chicago and has been looking for a home for nearly a year. Poor Schatzi was returned to PAWS Chicago after spending 2 years in a home after her owners found out they were expecting a baby. Losing her previous family was hard on Schatzi, and PAWS is committed to finding her the perfect home with a family who will show her what it’s like to be loved unconditionally.

Schatzi is as friendly as they come and absolutely adores making new friends. She is very fearful and timid around children, so she is looking for a quiet adults-only home where she can relax, with an abundant supply of tennis balls to play with, and a human companion who will be home with her the majority of the day as she does not enjoy being left alone. A fenced yard would be a bonus! Give Schatzi a shot and this outgoing gal will return the favor with lots of love, playtime, and cuddles!

PAWS is committed to finding the perfect home for every animal in their adoption program. If you adopt Schatzi, not only will you get a lifetime of love, you will also receive a year of free Merrick Pet Care dog food and a free training consultation with a PAWS Chicago trainer. For more information visit pawschicago.org, call 773-935-PAWS or stop by the PAWS Chicago Lincoln Park Adoption Center at 1997 N. Clybourn Avenue.


Dog Flu Halts Adoptions at Chicago Shelter

By Jennifer Keiper, WLS-AM 890 News
(CHICAGO) The dog flu has hit the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society.  So, the shelter has put a stop to dog adoptions for at least the next three weeks to care for animals that have contracted the highly contagious dog flu and prevent spreading it to others. It cannot be transmitted to humans.
Anti-Cruelty Society President, Dr. Robin Barbiers, tells the Steve Dahl Show that they’re trying to be transparent about the current situation. “When they call to make an appointment to give up their dog we will tell them the situation.  If at all possible, if you can keep your dog in your home for another three weeks then your dog will be safe when it comes here,” said Dr. Barbiers.
Dr. Barbiers says, if someone is in dire circumstances, they will accept the dog and try to isolate it but it’s difficult and the animal runs a high risk of becoming ill.
While dog adoptions are temporarily on hold, cat adoptions are still taking place.
© WLS-AM 890

UPDATE: Tale of dog left in pillowcase was hoax; woman charged

Police initially said someone left Woodstock inside a pillowcase tied with duct tape along Route 14. Friday they said that story was a hoax. | Woodstock police 

(WOODSTOCK) The story of a puppy being rescued after being tied up in a pillowcase and dumped along a northwest suburban road was truly heart-wrenching, but police now say it was made up.

The male boxer or boxer mix, just weeks old, was found in a pillowcase secured with duct tape along Route 14 in Woodstock, Woodstock police reported Monday.

The dog was taken to an animal rescue center, where it was named Woodstock and was said to be recovering well, according to police and shelter owners.

Police later found the owner of the puppy’s mother, along with nine siblings; and on Thursday, disorderly conduct charges were filed against a woman for filing a false report, according to a new statement from police.

Police were initially told the dog had been left in the 11500 block of U.S. 14 in a pillowcase, cold and starving.

That report came from a student at local community college, who reported that an adjunct instructor brought the puppy to class and said she’d found it while riding her motorcycle to school, police said.

The student then contacted Hoof, Woof and Meow Animal Rescue in Gilberts, which took the puppy; and also called police to report the apparent animal abuse.

Police said publicity from the case led them to the puppy’s original owners, and a consensual search turned up nine other puppies and their mother, police said.

“As the result of information generated by the previously issued press release and the continued attention given by various media outlets and social websites,” police were able to find them at a Woodstock apartment.

“These puppies appeared to be substantially similar, both in appearance and age (4-5 weeks), to the one found last week. It was determined that the puppy located last week was indeed from this litter, born on or about March 23,” police said.

McHenry County Animal Control took all the puppies until the investigation was ended. The mother was left at the apartment, “as no immediate danger was evident and it was purported to be a therapeutic service dog for one of the members of this household, police said.

The owners told police that Woodstock had been given to Dr. Hope A. Sanchez, a therapist who was working with a family member.

“It was verified that Sanchez was the same adjunct instructor who previously reported to a class of students that a puppy was found in a pillowcase,” police said.

Police spoke with Sanchez on Wednesday, and on Thursday a warrant was issued. She turned herself in later Thursday, police said.

Sanchez, 38, of the 400 block of Woodbine Lane in Fox River Grove, was charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, police said. She was released after paying 10 percent of a $10,000 bond, and is next scheduled to appear in court May 12.

Police did not say why she made up the story.

All 10 puppies are “doing well” and have been blended with another litter at Hoof, Woof and Meow Animal Rescue at 129 E. Higgins Rd. in Gilberts, which has started a GoFundMe page to help with their care.

“Mom is a beagle/Boston mix, and dad a beagle/boxer,” the shelter posted on its Facebook page.

They will be available for adoption at the end of May. Anyone interested should call (847) 836-7387.

A litter of pups taken from a home in Woodstock will be available for adoption in a few weeks from a shelter in Gilberts. | Hoof Woof and Meow Animal Rescue
A litter of pups taken from a home in Woodstock will be available for adoption in a few weeks from a shelter in Gilberts. | Hoof Woof and Meow Animal Rescue
Hope Sanchez | Woodstock police
Hope Sanchez | Woodstock police
One of 10 puppies from a litter is held up by a volunteer at a GIlberts animal rescue. One of the puppies was originally believed to have been abandoned, but police say that story was false. | Hoof Woof and Meow Animal Rescue
One of 10 puppies from a litter is held up by a volunteer at a GIlberts animal rescue. One of the puppies was originally believed to have been abandoned, but police say that story was false. | Hoof Woof and Meow Animal Rescue



‘Miracle’ dog Sophie recovering after being shot in head

(CHICAGO) Chicago Police Officer Steven Ommundson has seen his share of grisly crime scenes.

But last week he walked into something unimaginable: a murder-suicide in a Rogers Park apartment, and a Labrador-shepherd mix crying in pain, lying in a pool of blood, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Sophie had been shot in the head at close range by her owner during a domestic dispute in which the owner and another man died in an apartment in the 1500 block of West Chase, Ommundson said. A psychologist recommended that the owner get a dog to help him cope with some behavioral health issues.

“I’ve seen some nasty stuff in my time on the job, but just seeing that dog lying there. Who would do that? It’s upsetting,” said Ommundson, 31.

Ommundson and his partner sprung into action as soon as they saw signs of life from the dog.

“The dog was on the floor just laying there in a pool of blood, yelping and panting. I grabbed a blanket, wrapped the dog up and put it in the police car and drove it up to the animal hospital,” he said.

Veterinarians said the officers saved Sophie’s life.

Sophie is making a “miraculous recovery,” said David Wilson, a veterinary surgeon at BluePearl Specialty & Emergency Northfield Animal Hospital, where Sophie is recovering.

“She’s a lucky dog,” he said.

The dog was brought to BluePearl’s Skokie branch on June 3.

“She was very weak when she came in, and although we don’t think there was any direct damage to her brain, there was probably some swelling,” Wilson said.

The bullet entered behind Sophie’s right eye, passed through her neck and smashed into her shoulder, Wilson said.

Wilson said the dog’s recovery is remarkable, “considering that a lot of those really big vessels go through the head and neck.”

Initially, Sophie was unable to walk, but now her balance has improved and she can walk unassisted.

“She’s actually very happy. She’s up and walking around,” Wilson said. “She’s wagging her tail. She’s enjoying going outside.”

At this point, it doesn’t appear that Sophie will need surgery — just rest and relaxation, Wilson said.

Wilson said Sophie could be released as early as next week.

“We are working through the appropriate channels here in Chicago to start the adoption process,” Wilson said. “There’s been a huge amount of support from all over the country.”

Frankie’s Friends, a charitable pet organization, has raised more than $14,000 for Sophie’s recovery.

Ommundson, who has been a police officer for eight years, has two dogs — a golden retriever and a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever rescue dog. He said he wishes he could take care of Sophie, but he can’t because of his living situation and his schedule. He said he would want to devote more time to her.

“I would want the dog to have most of my attention to make sure she recovers and it’s an easy recovery,” Ommundson said. “I hope she goes to a good home because she deserves a good home after what she went through.”

— Chicago Sun-Times

North Side man charged with animal cruelty

(CHICAGO) The owner of a North Side doggie daycare facility has been charged with animal cruelty after a video surfaced of him kicking a dog.

Jonathon Stenholt, 39, has been charged with one count of cruelty to animals, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

Stenholt was charged after being identified as the offender shown in video surveillance abusing a dog Tuesday morning at his business in the 100 block of North Des Plaines, police said.

Stenholt, of the 5900 block of West Waveland, was arrested Thursday afternoon.

Man searches for dog stolen in West Loop: ‘This doesn’t make sense’

(CHICAGO) A man has offered a $5,000 reward for the return of his dog Barnaby, who he said was stolen from his West Loop apartment last week.

Adam Johnston, 30, who lives by himself in the apartment near Lake and Canal streets, said his apartment was broken into between 1:19 p.m. and 1:36 p.m. Monday, May 18.

He came home about 5 p.m. but Barnaby, a 6-year-old West Highland white terrier, was not in his usual place on the couch, Johnston said.

“My dog is usually sitting on the couch and he usually pops his head up and runs to me, but he wasn’t there,” Johnston said, adding that he confirmed the dog walker had dropped the dog off about 1:15 p.m. that day.

Johnston said he noticed someone had pried the apartment door open “with a screwdriver or something,” and he realized someone had broken in and stolen the dog.

The building’s surveillance video footage shows a car pulling up to the building’s garage, a man getting out of the passenger side and walking through the parking garage. A few minutes later the man walks outside carrying Barnaby under his arm and gets back in the vehicle, which then drives off.

“I’m worried,” Johnston said. “I’m not sure who the hell these guys are and why they took my dog. . . . They showed up about two minutes after my dog walker left the building; they were watching my dog walker. This doesn’t make sense.”

Johnston called Barnaby “the sweetest dog you could ever have.” He has owned him since the dog was 4 months old.

Nothing else was stolen from the apartment, Johnston said.

“They were coming for my dog and they only took my dog,” he added. “There’s a tablet worth $1,000 right there and they didn’t touch it.”

Police are searching for a dog stolen from a West Loop apartment on May 18. | Provided photo
Police are searching for a dog stolen from a West Loop apartment on May 18. | Provided photo

Johnston has offered a $5,000 reward for Barnaby’s return with no questions asked. He said Chicago Police are investigating the theft.

“Whenever I get home he’s always there and always really excited to see me, it’s really sad him not being there.”

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Alderman urges residents to howl about dog ban at Maggie Daley Park

(Chicago)   Dog-loving downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) is urging his constituents to hound the Chicago Park District about its decision to ban dogs at its latest crown jewel: $60 million Maggie Daley Park, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

In a Dec. 16th edition of the emailed newsletter to constituents he calls, “Ald. Reilly Reports,” the alderman sided with residents of surrounding high-rises who have bemoaned the Park District’s decision to ban dogs at Maggie Daley Park, just as they did at Millennium Park.

“As the proud owner of two dogs [Buster and Max], I am very sympathetic to concerns about prohibiting dogs in the northern portion of Grant Park,” Reilly wrote.

“I worked hard with many residents from across Chicago to ultimately defeat Mayor Daley’s ill-conceived plans to allow the development of a [Children’s] museum in northern Grant Park. Given my history defending Grant Park, and ensuring it remains ‘forever open, clear and free’ — I’m disappointed in the Park District’s decision.”

In the newsletter, Reilly notes that the Park District “operates and sets policies independent of” the City Council and that he has “no jurisdictional authority” over the agency controlled by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s handpicked board and general superintendent.

But the aldermen said he has asked the Park District to “consider reversing their policy and allow leashed dogs to be permitted on the pedestrian paths” in Maggie Daley Park and in newly-renovated Peanut Park in Grant Park.

“Because this is entirely a Chicago Park District decision, I strongly recommend you and other concerned residents share your concerns directly with Chicago Park District leadership,” he wrote.

“When sending your comments to Superintendent [Michael] Kelly and President [Bryan] Traubert at the Chicago Park District, please be sure to copy Mayor Emanuel and me on all correspondence so that I may follow-up with Park District leadership on your behalf.”

Park District spokesperson Jessica Maxey-Faulkner had no immediate response to Reilly’s campaign.

Two years ago, the Park District announced that leashed dogs would be allowed at Maggie Daley Park.

At a park board meeting last week, Kelly explained that “dog waste” and the propensity of dog owners to let their pets “off-leash” — even in “dog-friendly” areas — had prompted him to make the “tough” but “prudent” decision to change course and ban dogs at Maggie Daley Park.

The superintendent acknowledged that the decision was “not going to make everybody happy.” That’s an understatement, particularly among residents of the massive high-rise complex known as Lakeshore East.

Reilly is no stranger to Grant Park battles.

In June 2008, the City Council voted 33-16 to approve former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s controversial plan to build a $100 million Children’s Museum in Grant Park over Reilly’s strenuous objections.

The vote set off a marathon court fight over 172 years of legal protections – affirmed by four Illinois Supreme Court rulings – that have kept Grant Park “forever open, clear and free,” as civic leader Montgomery Ward sought.

A Circuit Court judge sided with the Children’s Museum in a lawsuit filed on procedural issues while opponents waited for ground to be broken to file a lawsuit based on the Montgomery Ward decisions.

A fundraising slowdown caused, in part, by the legal cloud hanging over the museum project gave Emanuel an opening to, as he put it, “hit the re-set button.”

At the mayor’s insistence, the Children’s Museum subsequently agreed to extend its lease at Navy Pier and expand there.


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