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Rescued Pitbull Now In Foster Home After 2 Nights In 15th Ward Office

By Andrea V. Watson | October 24, 2017 1:40pm | Updated on October 27, 2017 10:44am
 Ald. Raymond Lopez takes Nina to her foster home in Lincoln Park.
Ald. Raymond Lopez takes Nina to her foster home in Lincoln Park.
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ENGLEWOOD — The stray two-year-old pitbull who was rescued in West Englewood last week and spent a couple nights in an alderman's ward office has been placed in a foster home — and a permanent home might not be far behind.

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) said that after he took in the dog, named Nina, the group Barriers Against Repeated Cruelty (BARC Chicago), helped place her in a foster home in Lincoln Park.

Ald. Lopez kept Nina in his office until she could find a home. [Provided]

"I am thrilled we were able to help sweet Nina," said BARC founder and president Tina Wallace.

BARC board member Debby Gibbons met Lopez Saturday and both delivered Nina to her new home.

"She was delivered safely to her foster in Lincoln Park, got a bath and is settling in," Wallace said. "Nina is being very well cared for and loved."

She was originally rescued from the streets by animal rights advocate Jenny Jurcak Thursday. While the former owner was located, he said he had given Nina to a family friend who no one can reach, Lopez said.

Lopez discussed putting the dog in isolation at Animal Care & Control, 2741 S. Western Ave., but he said he didn't want to take her there because he said half of similar dogs are euthanized. Lopez kept her in his office Thursday and Friday.

"She was a perfect angel that spent the first day just resting and recovering from her ordeal," he said.

He met the foster family that "was without a dog and excited to have her in their home. When we arrived, I stayed the morning to help her acclimate with her new friends. To help the bonding, we gave her a shower after we got there. The families youngest daughter then took her for a walk around their Lincoln Park home."

Now, they are looking for a permanent home, but Lopez is confidant after three families on Monday asked about adopting her.

"I am certain we will be able to find her a forever home," Lopez said.