Woman charged after allegedly letting dog run free

December 11, 2011 9:57:03 PM PST
An East Garfield Park woman faces misdemeanor animal cruelty charges for allegedly letting her dog run free after learning her new residence did not allow pets.

"I called the animal control before we moved - before we left there - and told them to come and get this dog," said Lashon Parks. She and her son say Animal Control told them it would be two weeks before they could retrieve the dog.

Animal control says that they are an open-door care facility and they would have taken the dog had she brought it to them.

On Saturday, Animal Control responded to a call of dog abuse and discovered the dog being attacked in the street by neighborhood kids.

The dog is now in protective custody. The Animal Cruelty Society says this kind of scenario can be avoided.

"If people can't keep their dog or cat, this is an open-door humane society - we don't punish anyone for bringing animals here - we certainly wish that they didn't have to, but the doors to this facility and others in town are open and ready to receive animals who can't stay in their homes anymore," said David Dinger of the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society.

The dog is said to be doing well. Parks says she hopes the dog will wind up in a better situation. She is due in court in January.

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