Chicago police share how they found missing dog who escaped Avondale vet

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago police shared Thursday morning how they found Toby, a 2-year-old German Shepherd who had been missing since the weekend after escaping his Avondale vet's office.

Toby had been missing in the Logan Square area since Saturday after he escaped his veterinarian's office.

His owner Nelly Roa, 29, said she had taken him to MedVet in Avondale for stitches and had to leave him there due to COVID-19 protocols. An hour later, she got a call from the clinic to say Toby was missing.

Roa and the community searched for her beloved dog for days as a brutal winter storm bore down on Chicago, dropping over a foot of snow amid sub-zero wind-chills. Roa was worried Toby wouldn't survive the storm.

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But Chicago police tweeted Wednesday that an officer had found Toby and reunited him with his owner.

"A big thanks to Officer Soto for finding and reuniting Toby with their owner!!" the CPD 14th District said in their tweet.

Roa said Toby is scared and has an injured paw, but is safe and in from the cold.

During a Chicago police press conference Thursday morning, Roa, who lives in Albany Park, said she so appreciated help from both officers and strangers in the community.

"At the end, I get down and I call 'Toby, Tobias'; it's his name in Spanish," Rosa said. "And then he came to me, a little scared, but then he came, and I hugged him. Since then I haven't let him go."

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Chicago police will share how they found Toby, the 2-year-old German Shepherd who had been missing since the weekend after escaping an Avondale vet.

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