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Homeless woman reunited with her 'miracle' dog thanks to Animal Control officers

Shadow will be reunited with his owner this week thanks to two caring AC officers.
Shadow will be reunited with his owner this week thanks to two caring AC officers.
Dana Deustch North Chicago Animal Control

A homeless woman and the dog she referred to as her "miracle dog" who she was forced to surrender to the North Chicago Animal Control will be reunited this week thanks to the compassion of two Animal Control officers reports nbcchicago.

Last Friday, Linda Barnes sadly walked into the North Chicago Animal Control with her beautiful one-year-old Labrador retriever and corgi mix, and tearfully told Supervisor Sergeant Darcie Brown she was now homeless and had to surrender her "miracle" dog. It seemed that her dog named Shadow had rescued the family from a small house fire and had warned her when her daughter had a heart attack. Barnes, told the officer, at this point she had no other choice because she wasn't able to care for the dog, but the dog truly was a "miracle" brought to her.

And then came Animal Control Officer Dana Deutsch to help; the officer would do anything she could to find a great home for the dog who was beautiful, friendly and well trained. That's the least she could do for a woman who had nothing else and was forced to give up one of the most important parts of her life.

"It was devastating watching and listening to her,” said Deutsch. “People give up their dogs like, you know, they’re just throwing out the trash sometimes and this dog was like the last thing she had. I felt like it was the last thing she had in her world that meant anything to her.”

Rescue organizations were all eager to accept Shadow into their programs this week when Deutsch received a call from Barnes; the woman had found a home and hoped she could have Shadow back. Deutsch and Brown were elated and will be helping Barnes get settle by supplying Shadow's shots and his food to help out.

Shadow is scheduled to rejoin her family Friday. Nice work ladies.

On the North Chicago Animal Control's Facebook, people posted their gratitude to the officers for going over and above what is expected. Stop by the organization's Facebook page and thank the officers.

"North Chicago Animal Control & Friends Nope. Just doing the right thing.

North Chicago Animal Control & Friends Thank you Heather it was an amazing experience."

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