• Petitioned Tinley Park Police Department

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Tinley Park Police Department
Cook County Fifth Municipal District

Please let Buddy come home

    1. Anthony Concialdi
    2. Petition by

      Anthony Concialdi

      Tinley Park, IL

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September 2014

Victory

Anthony Concialdi: After months of negotiation, Buddy's legal team has reached an agreement with Cook County. The settlement resulted in the designation of Buddy as a "vicious" dog in the eyes of the state of Illinois as well as several restrictions on Buddy's care and handling. Buddy's release has been ordered. After being locked up since February 22nd he gets to sleep in his own bed at home. Thank you everyone for your support.

Here is Buddy (aka Sampson: A21804703, his name registered with Cook County), my foster dog. He has been in quarintine since February 22nd, as a result of an incident at my local vet office during a regular checkup, where he bit two of the vet techs. We are now waiting for his official court date to be given to us. He has been around strangers before many times and has never shown any signs of aggression. I have written statements from every organization that has experienced and handled Buddy, saying that he has posed no obvious threat to anyone that has come into contact with him. I don't want to lose him because of one visit to the vet office. He is part of our family and we will adopt him. We just want him to come home. 

He has already fulfilled his mandatory 10 day quarantine at an animal hospital, however Cook County has put a hold on him forcing him to remain there until his court date, which has not been communicated to us yet. I spent nearly 7 hours with him on March 5th at the hospital just hanging out and being with him so he can have some normalcy back in his life. I have been trying to visit with him as much as possible.

Buddy was originally found chained up in a yard, in the dead of winter, outside and alone. He has frostbite on his elbows and tail and has just had a rough life. Despite all he has been through, he is still happy, polite and listens very well. All he needs is a tennis ball and a few treats and he is happy.  

We love this guy and don't want to lose him. Cook County wants him destroyed. I am willing to accept any restrictions that may be imposed on the condition of his release. I will build whatever fence, post any sign, use a muzzle in public and with all future vet visits. Whatever it takes. I am fighting as hard as I can for him.

Buddy is running out of time and he needs all the help he can get.

Thanks,
Anthony Concialdi

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    News

    1. Victory!

      Anthony Concialdi
      Petition Organizer

      After months of negotiation, Buddy's legal team has reached an agreement with Cook County. The settlement resulted in the designation of Buddy as a "vicious" dog in the eyes of the state of Illinois as well as several restrictions on Buddy's care and handling. The agreement was accepted by the circuit court of Cook County and Buddy's release was ordered. After being locked up since February 22nd he gets to sleep in his own bed at home.

      http://amcwebtech.com/buddy/buddy.jpg

    2. Settlement has been reached, Buddy is HOME!

      Anthony Concialdi
      Petition Organizer

      After months of negotiation, Buddy's legal team has reached an agreement with Cook County. The settlement resulted in the designation of Buddy as a "vicious" dog in the eyes of the state of Illinois as well as several restrictions on Buddy's care and handling. Today the agreement was accepted by the circuit court of Cook County and Buddy's release was ordered. After being locked up since February 22nd he gets to sleep in his own bed at home. I would like to thank everyone for their support through all of this. This could have happened to any dog at any vet appointment. My advice, muzzle your dog at the vet if there is even the smallest chance that a bite could occur, regardless of breed. The alternative could be difficult legal proceedings, financial commitments and your dog locked up for months, or worse...

      I'm glad we fought for Buddy. Even the staff at where he was being held were emotional when he got to finally leave. He hasn't left my side since we got home.

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. Buddy's story in the news

      Anthony Concialdi
      Petition Organizer

      Those of you that are not local to the Chicagoland area may not have seen the two press items that were generated. They are listed below. Neither were solicited by Buddy's team. All we want is Buddy out of quarantine and back home.

      Again, thank you for all of the wonderful support.

      Chicago Tribune: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-03-19/news/ct-tinley-park-dog-petition-tl-s-0320-20140319_1_pit-bull-vicious-dog-buddy

      WFLD Fox 32 Chicago: http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/25022485/please-let-buddy-come-home

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. Update on Buddy

      Anthony Concialdi
      Petition Organizer

      Just wanted to update everybody on what has been going on. This past Monday, March 17th, we had a meeting with Dr. Alexander, Director of Cook County Animal Control. We had both attorneys, the founder of the rescue organization as well as ourselves the foster parents. We presented documented accounts of Buddy's behavior from every single organization that he has interacted with, along with personal accounts of our experiences with Buddy, to argue on Buddy's behalf in hopes that Dr. Alexander would not give the "dangerous dog" designation. Now we wait for her decision. Dr. Alexander has already started the process to charge Buddy with the "vicious dog" designation. That court date has not been determined yet. Buddy is still in quarantine and I have no idea if or when he will be getting out. I wish I had better news to report. Thank you everyone for all of the support up to this point.

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Aimee Stern EPHRATA, PA
      • about 1 month ago

      This is a disgrace! I am a vet tech and I know the hazards of my job and so should these techs. This dog has not bite history and should be released and given a chance!

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    • Anne Ahlert AURORA, UNITED STATES
      • 4 months ago

      I'm not usually a fan of certain breeds, but I know the farm mutt we had growing up was terrified of the vet, and did try to bite a vet tech once, while trying to get away. I know many dogs fear the vet, and can be very aggressive there. It is not right that a dog should be put down for one incident, if this is indeed his first, even if there were multiple bites, as long as the dog's actions were not overly viscious. I hope the individual circumstances of this case will be taken into account when judging Buddy (aka Sampson).

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    • Jacklyn A. Russ TINLEY PARK, IL
      • 5 months ago

      any word on this poor pup!! how come this page not updated?!

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    • Ed Meunier BOLIVAR, OH
      • 5 months ago

      From what I've seen of the video of this dog, he poses no threat to those that show him love. It's time for humans to demonstrate at least the level of intelligence that Buddy posesses, by releasing him.

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    • Tammy Gates FAIRACRES, NM
      • 5 months ago

      ALL dogs deserve a chance at a good life...his has been a rough one. He has people who love him, and just want him to come home...he has a chance at a forever home...and he deserves that chance!!

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