Dog reunited with family after getting lost on the Eisenhower Expressway

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By Rosie Powers

Digital Editor

Before the phone rang during their second night of vacation in Cancun, the Pulido family had no idea that their dog, Asia, was lost.

They also didn't realize that she had escaped on to the Eisenhower Expressway.

The call came from their grandmother on April 4, who said the 10-year-old rescue Chow Chow had escaped during a walk and was nowhere to be found.

"She's always been there, we've had her since I was a kid," said Joseph Pulido, 24, of Berwyn.

After receiving word that she had gone missing, the family immediately flew back on April 5 to start looking for Asia.

"We didn't know if she got stolen or hit by a car," Pulido said.

Shortly after Asia's escape — and unbeknownst to the Pulido family — she had been spotted by drivers along the Eisenhower Expressway in Forest Park. Multiple IDOT trucks, local Samaritans and the Forest Park police collaborated to safely capture Asia from the highway and brought her to the Animal Care League in Oak Park.

Robin Akers, Animal Care League volunteer, said the ACL has a contract with local police departments to hold lost animals for three to five days, after which they become responsible for the animal.

"It took us several days to get in kennel with her because she was very scared," Akers said. "We ended up having her for nine days."

After returning from vacation, the Pulido family tried to locate Asia based on a list of local shelters they had received from police, but with no success.

"As soon as we got back from vacation, we started looking around neighborhoods, asking people, went to animal shelters -- but no one had seen her," Pulido said. "We had given up hope."

But on April 12, Pulido and his brother checked the Animal Care League on a whim. Pulido said they were only in the area to retrieve his brother's car, which had gotten booted.

"We knocked on the door and asked to see if she was there," Pulido said. "I walked in and she was right there!"

Although Asia had a collar, her identification was missing and the Animal Care League soon determined that she had no microchip, which made locating her owners difficult.

"If [the animals] don't have a microchip or lost their collar, a lot of them don't get claimed, so she was very lucky," Akers said.

Pulido returned with his mother the next day, on April 13, to bring Asia home.

"It was a really exciting moment because I could tell she was sad for being lost for so long," Pulido said.

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Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 4th, 2013 9:33 PM

Violet, the article says, the grandmother was walking the dog and it escaped from her, the grandmother. Does that answer your question.

Violet Aura  

Posted: May 4th, 2013 7:17 PM

@Paddy: I am just tired of loose dogs running around. Saw them in BER-wyn! and see them in RF--especially that oh-so-classy north end;)

Paddy Boy  

Posted: May 4th, 2013 4:21 PM

Violet! let it go for Pete's sake - It's a dog - get over it!

Violet Aura  

Posted: May 4th, 2013 2:13 PM

But wouldn't the home owners be aware of this possibility?

joe from south oak park  

Posted: May 4th, 2013 1:40 PM

Maybe they have a doggie door or someone was house sitting and the dog ran away. I found a huskie over the winter a few years ago. it got out of the backyard of some somebody's house when they were on vacation. I figured he had been lost for a while because his fur was pretty matted and he was about 10 lbs underweight. Felt bad when the lady house sitting came to pick him up and she told me that he had been missing for two days...

Violet Aura  

Posted: May 4th, 2013 12:49 PM

If they were on vacation, how did their dog escape?

RTW from oak park  

Posted: May 3rd, 2013 2:50 PM

The OP police need to have a list of shelters that includes Animal Care League. After all, ACL is the official Oak Park animal control agency, because they have an ongoing contract with the Village to handle this situation. What happened here? Confused and wondering...

M Perkins from Oak Park  

Posted: May 2nd, 2013 9:24 PM

(cont.) This is their mission statement (partly): "Protecting animals from improper use, abuse, neglect, inhumane treatment and health hazards. Lovingly caring for the pets that reside in our animal shelter." Tell THAT to the creatures unfortunate enough to land in the glue traps that they have placed throughout the shelter. But I guess mice don't count, do they Marci?

M Perkins from Oak Park  

Posted: May 2nd, 2013 9:21 PM

The dog was lucky indeed. Lucky for the fact that ACL loves to put down dogs that are healthy. God forbid if the dog shows that he/she is scared, then for sure it will be put to sleep. ACL is no friend to animals BIG or small. Trust me on this. Even though I adopted my 2 cats from them, if anything ever happened to me, I would NEVER let my cats go back to them.

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