'Eisenhower' leaves animal hospital

May 6, 2010 The dog, named Eisenhower by those caring for him, dashed across the expressway for two consecutive mornings. An exhausted and hungry Eisenhower finally gave into police, who took him to Hill Chester Animal Hospital. There he's put on a few pounds.

"He's maintained a very friendly demeanor, despite all he went through. He was a little leery of cars and trucks going by, rightly so but he's been a very nice dog and good with small animals like cats. A lot of dogs chase cats, but he's been great with them and other dogs," said Dr. Tracy Garza, veterinarian.

What Eisenhower does like to chase are cars. The presumed stray pit bull ran in and out of traffic on the expressway as ABC7's Chopper 7 HD flew above. He was then caught by Broadview police officers, one of whom stopped by the animal hospital not only to say goodbye- but also to drop off another recovered stray.

"Eisenhower's a really lucky dog. He's a celebrity but he has a lot of pit bull friends, other stray dog friends who unfortunately get put down most of the time because there are not enough foster families who can take in pit bulls," said Dr. Garza.

Now he's being sent to live at a foster facility through the group Precious Pets Almost Home in Lemont. He'll be there until they find Eisenhower a forever home.

"I want to make sure that he gets into the right home because I think that the next home that Eisenhower has should be his last home, permanent home where he will be loved for the rest of his life and taken care of and not running around the expressway," said Steve Zorn, Precious Pets Almost Home.

Anyone interested in adopting Eisenhower should email precpets@gmail.com. The group is also accepting donations to help care for the dog; checks can be sent to Precious Pets Almost Home, P.O. Box 152, Lemont, IL 60439.

There are several groups in the Chicagoland area that help pit bulls find homes.

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