The Anti-Cruelty Society Basically Stole My Dog
My dog went missing two weeks ago. We had been actively looking for her ever since, and it turns out she was picked up and turned in at an Evanston shelter. Evanston sent her to the Anti-Cruelty Society on LaSalle, where I adopted her originally 2 years ago.
The ACS convinced me it wasn't my dog because she was found in Evanston, although her microchip was a match (their own help desk had previously told me that a dog can turn up anywhere, especially if someone picked her up and returned her to a convenient shelter near their own home). When I went into the ACS, I had to beg them to look up the record and they told me she WAS my dog and had been adopted early that same day. The ACS held her for an undisclosed time they refused to reveal and then adopted her to another family, collecting the fees, without giving me any calls or leaving a message (as you would assume they should, and as written on their lost pet website). My boyfriend had gone in to the ACS twice over Thanksgiving break and they dismissed him both times, saying that if she turned up, they would identify her and call us immediately.
I found her listing yesterday, Sunday 12/07/08, on the ACS adoption website under a new name and false age. If I had not found her on the website, which was removed later that day, I would have never known what happened to my dog. The manager of ACS told me it was an ?unfortunate circumstance?, stressing that they had legally done everything correct and I had to face the fact that they had stolen and sold my dog.