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Isis The Dog

Isis the dog was beaten with bats and a broomstick on the city’s West Side, after her owners abandoned her as they moved to a building where dogs are not allowed. (Credit: Chicago Animal Care and Control)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A homeless dog named Isis has caught the attention of Chicago dog lovers, after she was beaten over the weekend when her owner moved to a new apartment and left her.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Brandis Friedman reports, the shepherd terrier mix is now in the care of Chicago Animal Care and Control. She was brought in after police found kids beating her with baseball bats and broomsticks in the 600 block of North Drake Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Brandis Friedman reports

Since her story appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Isis has gained lots of attention.

“You know, it’s always really gratifying to know that when people hear about these things, they really open their hearts,” said Animal Care and Control executive director Cherie Travis.

Over the weekend, Lashon Johnson, 42, and her son Lorenzo, 18, moved into a new apartment where the landlord does not allow pets. So they tried to get Isis to leave them as they moved their belongings by shopping cart to their new home, the Tribune reported Monday.

But of course, the dog followed, and began howling for hours outside the new home, the newspaper reported.

Then at some point, some children showed up just a few doors from the Johnsons’ new home, and began beating the dog, the Tribune reported. The dog left a trail of bloody paw prints as she returned to the Johnsons’ front door, the paper said.

Police were eventually called, and Johnson, 42, was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for leaving the dog outside, the Tribune reported.

Because of the police investigation, there is no word on when Isis will be available for adoption.

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