Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Hope A. Sanchez, 38 reported to police that she found abandoned pup stuffed in taped pillowcase

Woodstock, IL
McHenry County

April 20, 2016 Fox River Grove, IL
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
Felony - Class 4 felonious disorderly conduct for filing a false police report
10 5-week-oldboxer mix pup Alleged 06/15/2016/ at 9:00am McHenry County Government Center

  Woodstock police photo

Woodstock police are trying to determine who sealed a weeks-old puppy inside a pillowcase with duct tape and abandoned it near a busy road.  Authorities said the dog, believed to be a boxer or mixed breed about 4-6 weeks old, was abandoned along U.S. Highway 14. Police said the dog was found on April 20th along the shoulder of the road by a motorcyclist on his way to instructing a class at McHenry County College.

The man noticed something moving inside the pillowcase and turned his motorcycle around to see what it was, Woodstock police Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Parsons said. The man ripped open the duct-tape seal and found the puppy.

Parsons said the motorcyclist took the dog to work with him and then contacted a Gilberts-based animal rescue, Hoof, Woof and Meow, which took the dog in and notified police.  The motorcyclist was not identified.

The dog is said to be doing well at Hoof, Woof and Meow, and the rescue is taking applications for the dog's adoption. For information, call 847-836-7387.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Woodstock police at 815-338-2131 or 815-338-6120.

The dog is being fostered by volunteers at the Hoof, Woof and Meow Animal Rescue (www.hoofwoofmeow.org) at 129 E. Higgins Road in Gilberts.  We have christened him 'Woodstock' and he is just about 5 weeks old. He was starving as it has been many hours since his last meal and he is being kept warm to stop his shivering.

Update 4/29/16:
Police said a story about a puppy, since dubbed Woodstock, being found on the side of the road after being abandoned turned out to be just that – a story.

An animal cruelty investigation by the Woodstock Police Department has found that Woodstock was not abandoned in a pillow case that was duct-taped shut, but rather given to a woman who then concocted the whole story, Police Chief Robert Lowen said.

Hope A. Sanchez, 38, of 407 Woodbine Lane in Fox River Grove, now faces a felonious disorderly conduct charge for allegedly filing or causing the filing of a false police report, police said.

  Photo courtesy of the Woodstock Police Department

The investigation, which began after the abandonment incident was reported last week, took police to a Woodstock apartment where 9 other puppies were found, along with the puppies' mother, according to a department news release.

The 2 people at the apartment told police 1 of the 10 puppies was given to a family counselor, Sanchez, who also teaches as an adjunct professor at McHenry County College.

Police said Sanchez apparently took the puppy to an MCC class and told students the made-up story.

"So [it is believed] Sanchez takes it home and for one reason or another can't keep the puppy at her house," Lowen said. "So she takes the puppy to the class she teaches and concocts this story that while she was riding her motorcycle, she saw a pillowcase moving and rescued a puppy."

A student in Sanchez's class called Hoof, Woof, and Meow Animal Rescue, where all 10 puppies are being kept, and then called the Woodstock Police Department. The puppies were relocated to the shelter while the mother, said to be a "therapeutic service dog" for one of the residents of the apartment, was left at the residence. Police said there was no evidence she was in immediate danger.

After police spoke to Sanchez and conferred with the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office on charges, Sanchez turned herself on April 27th, into Woodstock detectives.

Sanchez posted the $1,000 bond and a court date was scheduled for 9 a.m. May 12.

All 10 puppies are reported to be doing well at the rescue shelter, which is now accepting applications for adoption.

Case #16CF000407  next court date  06/15/2016/ at 9:00am at the McHenry County Government Center


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