A dog apparently left stranded is awful, but most would think the story wouldn’t make the news in a market the size of Chicago. Think again. At a Chicago dog-friendly area, bystanders thought this dog was abandoned—the person who brought the dog in just left—and the clock began to tick.
Fellow dog owners at the dog park were outraged. While waiting for authorities to pick up the dog, about 30 minutes later, the owner came back to retrieve his dog.
What’s impressive is the way people came together to do what was right.
Is there ever an excuse for leaving a dog in a dog park alone for 30 minutes? If so, this dog owner didn’t appear to offer it. A rational person would have explained or apologized, perhaps having more class than simply yanking the dog unceremoniously into the car and spitting on the concerned citizen, all while using language that required bleeping on TV.
I’m not sure what he can legally be charged with (aside from spitting at a woman who confronted him), but it is against dog-friendly areas rules (and therefore Chicago Park District rules) to abandon your dog. I helped to write those rules, and, in my opinion, abandoning your pet anywhere except an accredited shelter or legitimate rescue, should be against the law.
Sometimes I feel sorry for dogs who have to live with certain people. And, I appreciate that WBBM-TV covered this story.