Chicago Animal Care and Control has come under fire when it was learned the employees left a dog in one of the animal control vans for days. Reportedly, the dog, whose name is Missy, was taken to an adoption event at a Chicago Wolves hockey game. A source told NBC Chicago that she began acting out and was taken to the van. The other dogs were adopted, and the van was driven back to Chicago Animal Care and Control.
Somehow, the workers forgot about the one dog that was taken from the AllState Arena due to her anxiety, which resulted in poor Missy being left in the van for about five days. When the dog was found by a volunteer on Thursday, the said the animal was barely clinging to life.
“As soon as we learned of this incident yesterday we immediately had our veterinarian give the dog a complete medical examination, which found no health issues.”
WGN TV reports that Missy is currently in the care of Chicago Animal Care and Control and is recovering from the unfortunate ordeal. She had little or no food for the five days that she was in the van. You can see the dog’s bones, I understand,” said Don Levin, the chairman of the Chicago Wolves. A major benefactor of CACC, he was very upset by what happened to Missy. “We’ve had almost 1,300 dogs adopted at our games over the last several years and this is the first time anything like this has occurred.”
“While the Wolves do not have any control over the personnel ACC employs at our games, we will request that the person who is responsible for this unconscionable, life-threatening mistake is never involved with any Wolves activities in the future.”
Chicago Animal Care and Control is said to have launched an internal investigation. Chicago law enforcement officials are reportedly conducting a separate investigation into what went wrong. CACC spokesman Brad Powers said that disciplinary action was very possible.
“We take this seriously because it is completely unacceptable and not in keeping with the level of care we expect our employees to provide. While preliminarily this appears to be an accident, nothing like this has ever happened before, and we are committed to ensuring it never happens again.”
Although this was reported as the first investigation of its nature at Chicago Animal Care and Control, it’s not the first time the organization finds itself a source of controversy over the condition of animals in its care. A year ago, two dogs died while in the care of CACC employees. Although the deaths were reported as accidental, disciplinary action was taken.
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