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Not Without My Chihuahua!

A Joliet Township Animal Control officer lost his job last week but he's keeping the Chihuahua he was afraid his bosses wanted to kill, says the Herald-News.

They could take his job away but they couldn't get his Chihuahua.

Embattled Joliet Township Animal Control Officer Bryan Jones is keeping the Chihuahua he absconded with and refused to return for fear it would be put to sleep, the Herald-News reported.

Jones was fired last week for his allegedly illicit involvement with the wanted Chihuahua.

The Herald-News had earlier reported that Joliet Township Supervisor Dan Vera was making noise about demanding the return of Chihuahua, but he apparently backed off today.

"Township Supervisor Dan Vera met with the township’s attorney, Franklin Burkey, on Monday morning to talk about their options," according to the Herald-News Story, which featured some quotes from Burkey:

“Our position at this point is not to pursue the return of the dog. We feel he will take good care of the dog,” said Burkey.

“He has the dog, we’re not going to have a back and forth on it,” Burkey said. “We’re going to bring it to an end.”

The Herald-News said Jones was both "relieved" and "excited" when he learned he was going to get to keep the Chihuahua.

Bonnie Ciolkosz-Gray March 19, 2012 at 11:03 PM
That is wonderful....the love for a animal.
Dawn Walczak March 20, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Great news! This should not have even been an issue...someone wanting to save an animals life! Good for Bryan and Chewy! I am so happy for both of them!
cathy lee March 20, 2012 at 03:54 PM
So many animals need good homes. I applaud Bryan for taking this courageous step towards saving this little dog. Good things will come out of it for Bryan and Joliet Township will realize soon enough what a ridiculous waste of time, money and effort this was to pursue. Thank God we have people like Bryan standing up for helpless and defensive animals that do no have voices of their own! I would have done the same thing.
Infamous Steve March 20, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Yes Thanks Bryan and congrads on getting to keep the dog. Some of Mr. Vera's comments I read were out of line. Screw him and the city of Joliet. They probably had next to no legal action and that is why they decided to leave it alone. I think since they are letting him keep the dog they should have to give him his job back. To me if he gets to keep the dog then the city saw him as doing no wrong, therefore Mr. Jones should still be a animal control officer. Atleast he seems to be one of the good ones out there.

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