Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dogs returned to owners

By Mitch Dudek, Chicago Sun-Times

Someone broke into Navor Garcia’s auto repair shop two months ago and stole his Doberman Pinscher, Rudy.
Rudy was the face-licking type, and Garcia’s 10-year-old daughter, Debra, missed him badly.
Hope was fading until a call came Monday to the Cicero family: Rudy had been found.
But there was more.
Another dog, a German Shepherd named Tarzan that was stolen a year ago from an enclosed yard next to Garcia’s auto shop in the 4100 block of West Ogden, also had been found.
And amidst a flurry of scratching, hugging and a hearty “Good booooy!”—Rudy was reunited with his family Tuesday afternoon at Chicago Animal Care and Control. After a nervous and anxious moment, Rudy recognized his owner and answered the “shake” command by putting his paw in Garcia’s hand.
Tarzan can expect the same treatment this weekend — when he returns from an animal rescue in Iowa — where he was sent accidentally.
Rudy and Tarzan were two of 10 dogs removed from the home of John Blue who lives in the 1400 block of South Kilbourn. He has been convicted in the past for dog fighting.
Blue, 24, has been charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty and neglect of owner’s duties.
Acting on a tip, Cook County Sheriff’s police obtained a search warrant and found eight dogs at Blue’s home and two in a garage down the block: three Doberman Pinschers, one Mastiff, two Cane Corsos, two Pit Bulls and two German Shepherds, according to Cherie Travis, executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control.
Four of the dogs were found in small cages on the back porch in freezing temperatures with no food or water, according to Travis.
A third dog was identified as stolen from a South Side yard last year. Rabies tags and microchips helped in the identification process — and investigators from the Sheriff’s Animal Crimes Unit are trying to determine the owners of the other dogs.
All were a bit skinny, but in decent condition, Travis said.
It’s unclear what his intentions were, but Blue has a criminal history tied to dogs.
In 2007 he was convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals when police found 12 dogs in his South Kilbourn home -- 11 of which were Pit Bulls. All had injuries on their bodies and Blue admitted to using them for dog fighting. He plead guilty and was sentenced to three years probation, according to court records.
And in August of 2009 Blue was convicted of stealing a German Shepherd from a home on the 4700 block of West Chicago. He received a two-year prison sentence. According to court documents, Blue broke a hole in the fence and used a female German Shepherd to lure the male German Shepherd out of the yard.

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