A dog named Missy was apparently locked in a Chicago Animal Care and Control van for several days following an adoption event in Chicago on April 18. A source told NBC Chicago that Missy, a pit bull mix, was found barely alive.
Missy was apparently up for adoption at a Chicago Wolves hockey game but she started “having problems” and was put in the van, but it appears no one let her out. A volunteer found Missy in the van several days later at a city parking lot.
"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,” CACC spokesman Brad Powers said.
Powers said Chicago Animal Care and Control and the Chicago Police Department have launched an investigation into the incident and it’s possible disciplinary action could be taken.
"We take this seriously because it is completely unacceptable and not in keeping with the level of care we expect our employees to provide," Powers said. "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."
Wolves chairman Don Levin expressed his regret over the incident and said that the organization feels "horrible about it.”
"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," he said. "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."
Police said they do not expect to file any criminal charges. Missy is reportedly playful and doing well.
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