Seven dogs were rescued from an abandoned doggie daycare van after being stolen at gunpoint. Thankfully, besides a slight chill from spending the night in the elements, the dogs were all fine. The missing van and dogs were finally located by the owner of a nearby hair salon. She called in to the police regarding a frightened looking dog peering out the windows of an unattended van. Fifteen minutes after her call, the police were on the scene to confirm that the van found was, in fact, the one reported stolen.
Joseph Giannini, the owner of doggie daycare service Urban Out Sitters, and the pooches’ owners were all elated by the news that the dogs were safe, according to CBS Chicago.
“I am very relieved. This is a very, very blessed day for all of us,” Giannini told reporters.
Giannini was driving the seven dogs home from the doggie daycare when two men car-jacked him, stealing the car and the canines. The dogs’ owners and Giannini conducted a search following the theft, including posting a $10,000 reward for the dogs.
When the police found the dogs, they were cold, but healthy and unharmed. Now they’re safe with their pet parents.
What you should do when your dog goes missing
Do you know what to do if your beloved pooch goes missing? It can be a scary situation, but reacting quickly and correctly can go a long way in ensuring your dog’s safe return.
The first thing that you’ll want to do is double check that they’re gone. While it’s important to act fast, there’s no need if they’re just snoozing behind the sofa and didn’t hear you call them.
Once you confirm your dog is lost, it’s time to get the phone out. Call animal control, a nearby veterinarian, neighbors, and animal shelters to see if anyone has any information that can be useful. If they don’t, ensure that someone is near the phone with the number on your dog’s collar in case someone finds your lost pooch.
Next, head outside and start looking for your dog with a few supplies. Bring some treats, a whistle, a flashlight, a photo of your pup, a leash and your phone. Talk to neighbors and see if they’ve seen anything suspicious. Enlist the help of friends and family to look for your pooch in the area.
If it’s been a while, you may want to take a drive to cover more ground. As time passes and you still haven’t found your dog, remember not to give up hope. Check the Internet, hang up posters and talk to police. Hopefully someone will have some information that can help you find your dog.
It’s rare that dogs are stolen, especially in a van at gunpoint. If you’re patient, your dog will likely turn up.
Protect your pooch
If you don’t want to lose your dog, be vigilant and don’t leave your dog unattended in the yard. Additionally, use microchip identification and make sure they have accurate tags with your contact information.