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Dog Abandoned And Attacked On West Side Now In Foster Home

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Isis, a shepherd terrier mix who was abandoned on the West Side and beaten by kids with bats and broomsticks in December 2011, was moved to a foster home a month and a half later. (Credit: Chicago Animal Care and Control)

Isis, a shepherd terrier mix who was abandoned on the West Side and beaten by kids with bats and broomsticks in December 2011, was moved to a foster home a month and a half later. (Credit: Chicago Animal Care and Control)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Isis, the shepherd terrier mix who was abandoned in the cold by her owners and then attacked by children with baseball bats, is now in a foster home.

It was almost a month and a half ago when Isis was abandoned on the West Side, then attacked by a group of children.

She was brought in in December 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.

Cherie Travis, executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control, says Isis is making a great recovery and has moved on to the next phase.

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“We actually placed her in a foster home this week, just to give her a break from the cage before we put her up for adoption,” Travis said.

In December, 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 to their new home. But of course, the dog followed, and began howling for hours outside the new home.

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

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

After recovering at a city animal shelter before being turned over to her new foster home, Isis could be up for adoption at the end of this month or the first part of next month.

“She made wonderful progress and became a very playful, happy dog,” she said.

Travis reminds people that Animal Care and Control has about 70 dogs and 20 cats up for adoption right now.

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