Dog Found Alive in Trash Bag in Willow Springs

On Monday morning, Cook County Animal and Rabies Control warden John Haralamos received a call from authorities of a dog found in a trash bag on the side of the road in Willow Springs. He rushed to the scene on Forest Avenue just north of 87th Street where a male pitbull had been dumped in double-bagged trash bags.

The cold and severely dehydrated dog was rushed to a local veterinary hospital for treatment and is now continuing his recovery at South Suburban Humane Society, where staff have named him Vinny. Vinny is extremely underweight and frightened.

Cook County Animal and Rabies Control has turned this case over to the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Special Operations Unit. Anyone with information is urged to call 708-865-4700.

Warden Haralamos and representatives from South Suburban Humane Society will be available for media interviews today from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at South Suburban Humane Society, 1103 West End Ave. in Chicago Heights.

To set up an interview, please contact Natalia Derevyanny at 312-718-4125 or


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