Woman sues Chicago Animal Care and Control, after her lost dog was put up for adoption and new family won’t return it – CBS Chicago
CHICAGO (CBS) — A young Chicago woman is heartbroken with Zeus, her beloved golden retriever, who is no longer in her life.
The sadness could have been avoided, Karly Moran-West said, if city workers had done their job and obeyed Illinois law. As CBS 2’s Jim Williams reported on Tuesday, she filed a lawsuit to get the dog back.
READ MORE: 3-year-old boy injured in shooting at West Garfield Park
Moran-West said her golden retriever pup was a perfect match the moment she saw him.
“Zeus, he was very outgoing – he came straight to me,” she said. “He was playing with us, and I was like, this is the one I want. He acts exactly like me.
For six years, Moran-West had the dog she named Zeus.
“He was very outgoing. He was very adorable,” she said. “He loved everyone.”
Moran-West embroidered Zeus’ name and cellphone number into his red collar. If he got lost, the coordinates were there.
“I’m still blown away that there’s a dog with a collar, with a phone number – and no one has seen fit to call,” Moran-West attorney Jonathan Rosen said.
That’s the crux of the allegation in Moran-West’s lawsuit against the city’s Department of Animal Care and Control. His workers found Zeus when he escaped from the backyard of Moran-West’s father’s house in January last year.
Moran-West said she never received a call from Animal Control before handing the dog over to Fetching Tails, an animal rescue agency.
READ MORE: Chicago First Alert Weather: Showers, freezing rain; Winter weather advisory in effect
Zeus was then adopted by another family.
“I was very depressed,” Moran-West said. “I cried for two weeks.”
“The Fetching Tails Foundation told us that they contacted the family and the family said no,” Rosen added.
No, the family would not bring Zeus back to Moran-West. The lawsuit argues that the city and Fetching Tails violated Illinois law, which requires animal welfare agencies to do everything possible to find owners of lost dogs.
Rosen showed us the Animal Control admission card. It had the dog’s name on it, Zeus. If city employees had his name, Rosen argues, they must have seen Moran-West’s phone number on the collar.
“He was lied to and told there was no phone number,” Rosen said.
“You should have a heart and give me my dog back,” Moran-West added.
Moran-West is now 20 and wants to be a veterinarian, hoping to one day reunite lost dogs with their families.
NO MORE NEWS: 3 men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery found guilty of federal hate crimes
We contacted the city’s animal protection and control agency and Fetching Tails, and hadn’t heard back by Tuesday night.