Oak Lawn removed several animals from a home in the 100th place block according to a heavily redacted investigation report initiated as a complaint about possible “animal cruelty”.
The complainant told the village that while she was at the residence she observed eight dogs outside and about twelve dogs inside the home. She claimed that there were three rows of cages against the wall standing about six feet high. The complaining witness, who was not identified, claimed she could see feces and urine on the ground every where. The witness claimed that one of the dogs was dragging its back legs.
In early May, the police obtained a search warrant for the premises. When one of the officers entered the home, he reported that he was “overwhelmed with the smell of urine and feces”. He observed several dogs, which he thought were Shih-Tzu’s running around. He also noted that two dogs were in crates against the wall. The officer reported that he saw feces on the floor throughout the home and in the crates.
The officer did find a dog dragging her back legs. That dog, Gracious, was transported to the Animal Welfare League. The remaining dogs were left in the home. Two days later, the police returned to the home to check on the dogs and refill there bowls. The homeowner agreed that same day to sign over all nine dogs to the Shih-Tzu Rescue Adoption and Education Safehouse in Homer Glen. Unfortunately, Gracious was euthanized
The report did not include any charges against anyone.
Shih Tzu Rescue, Adoption and Education Safehouse (S.T.R.A.E.S.) is an all volunteer, not for profit, no-kill, licensed shelter, established in 1999 to provide sanctuary, loving care and an adoption program for abandoned and relinquished Shih Tzu.
The group’s stated mission includes two special programs. (1) Adoptable dogs with injuries and medical ailments that are costly to treat and who would otherwise be scheduled to die are given the extra-ordinary medical care and lengthy rehabilitation they need to live happy complete lives. (2) Neglected and abused dogs with behavior issues ranging from aggression to fear that have the potential to become loving family members are enrolled in a remedial program with a professional trainer/behaviorist so they too can be successfully placed in “forever homes.”
All dogs are kept in a home-like environment with access to over two fenced-in acres where they can run free. The dogs are spayed/neutered prior to adoption, current on annual inoculations and heartworm preventative and have an AVID microchip implant. Complete veterinarian wellness checks are done on all incoming pets and any necessary special tests, medical and/or surgical procedures are provided. Regularly scheduled grooming, parasite checks and treatment are also included as a part of our routine care. All dogs are temperament and personality tested so adopters can be matched with a dog that will best suit their expectations and lifestyle.
Post adoption assistance is provided to help the adopted pet and caregiver through the transition period. The organization is scheduled to show its available dogs at the PETsMART store in Crestwood, IL (4975 Cal Sag Rd.) on the first and second Saturdays of every month between 10:30am & 2pm.