Can you not even safely walk your dog in Chicago?
A Lakeview man told police that his Beagle-Retriever mix, named Bailey, was taken right from his hands as walked the dog near Belmont and Lake Shore Drive around 3 a.m. Thursday, July 28. .
No one is in custody, and the dog (according to CWB Chicago) has not been recovered.
Officers drove Bailey’s owner around the neighborhood in an effort to find the pup, but their efforts were not successful.
The thief is described as a Middle Eastern male wearing a dark sweater with blue jeans.
This is not the only instance of dog theft occurring in this manner, though more commonly dogs are taken when people tie them outside a coffee shop or convenience store.
Lessons to be learned no matter where you live:
- Be aware of your surroundings
- While it’s important for dogs to have tags, those can be removed and/or replaced, a microchip can not be. Also, be certain to register your current contact information with the microchip provider.
- Don’t tie up dogs when you run inside to buy something at a convenience store or coffee place – sometimes the best answer is to not take the dog with you.
- Walk the dog with a friend.
So, why would anyone want to steal a dog? They may be sold on places like Craig’s List; small dogs are still sometimes used for bait to train fighting dogs; and some sick people just take what they may want for themselves and will actually care for the dog or intentionally hurt the dog, or give the dog as a “gift” – no way to know. Sometimes dogs are taken specifically for a reward, which many dog owners post.