Chicago IL, a huge traffic jam was caused in the evening hours of Monday, October 14, 2013 on the Kennedy Expressway by a lost dog. The dog was spotted running through the express lanes near Armitage, and caused a traffic situation that finally cleared by about 10pm.
The black pitbull named Hope, is a rescue dog from Rochester, Minnesota who was in town with adopted parents (Mary Jo & Dan Dorman) visiting family, when she slipped through an open door and found herself lost on the highway. Hope escaped on Sunday while the family was watching a football game, and she has been missing until her sighting on Monday evening.
So far nobody has been able to catch Hope, and this is likely at least partially because of her abandoned and abused past. A sad history like this may magnify an animal's already skittish and frightened nature when they find themselves lost in a strange place. As people on the highway found out the hard way, a chased dog will likely just keep running, and Hope eventually gave concerned motorists and police the slip. The following are a few tips for catching a lost dog you have spotted.
- Do not chase the dog
- Assume a non-threatening position
- Don't call the dog or pat your legs, these can further frighten an already scared dog whose adrenaline is pumped up.
- DO use treats/food (do it carefully keeping your own safety in mind).
- Shaking a box of treats or crinkling a bag in a relatively calm manner can draw in a dog.
- You can drop a treat or two on the ground nearby to encourage the dog to approach you.
- Don't make any sudden movements, move slowly and remember this is a process.
If you find Hope, please contact Chicago Animal Control.
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