Chicago Dog Theft Warning
I know that this is a CAT forum, but a lot of us have dogs or have friends/family with dogs and I thought this was important to pass along to all my animal loving friends.
About 15 minutes ago the BF and I were walking with Ava down the street to pick up a pizza. A police officer was driving by and actually rolled down her window and stopped us. She told us that there have been numerous dog thefts lately and to make sure we didn't tie up Ava outside anywhere...EVEN if you can see her from the window.
I know that probably sounds a little crazy to some of you, but it's very common for people with friendly and well behaved dogs to "tie" their dogs up outside a store or coffee shop and go inside to get their drinks, etc. I've done it at Starbucks numerous times with our old dog, they even have doggie designated tie-out areas at some local businesses around here. I'd tie her outside, get my coffee and then sit at the outside tables and read the paper with my dog sitting by my side. It's a very dog friendly city and it's very common to see this, but this sure does make me think twice.
Anyway, the police officer said that they are having a lot of dog thefts lately and the dogs are being used as "bait" in dog fighting rings. I wasn't exactly sure if I understood what "bait" was, but it was exactly as I suspected (I looked it up). They take all these stolen dogs and use them as "bait" to test out the fighting instincts of their fighting dogs. How disgusting. She told us to pass the word around...so I thought this would be a good place to do so.
We live in Chicago in the Lakeview neighborhood in particular, however, this could happen anywhere. Please be careful, and pass the word around.