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Sheriff's Office Reunites Dog: A Macho Story


It happens far more often than it makes the news, pets left in homes of those foreclosed or evicted. Cook County deputies conducted an eviction in Garfield Park announced on January 6 (Thursday) and discovered Macho, a malnourished dog stolen before Thanksgiving from a nearby home.

Macho was positively identified because he had a microchip – the chip likely saved his life.

6-yer old Mastiff/American Bulldog had been in the family yard for the
day, and when the owners came home the dog was missing….According to
the American Kennel Club, there are a surprising number of dognappings happening across the Country. Certainly, allowing your dog out
all day is a major concern. Not to mention, that right now anyway, it’s
just too darn cold.

When the Sheriffs’ arrived, they found a teenage boy with with a man who owed several months rent, and three dogs…Macho was one of two severely malnourished dogs, one was a puppy. And one dog was found dead, apparently the dog had starved to death. Marcho was found in an unheated garage and the puppy and dead dog in an unheated basement. Temperatures in both places were below freezing, and there was no visible food or water. 

The Sheriff’s Office level three counts of animal cruelty – but charges may be upgraded because one dog died, and a second was stolen.

Macho has been reunited with his family, and is expected to fully recover. 

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