Mac, a Missing Young Sheltie, Survives Extreme Cold Weather for Almost a Week Until Coaxed to Surrender by Arlington Heights Police

Arlington Heights Police Department reports that Mac, a missing Sheltie, was found and captured in good condition about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Three police officers responded Tuesday afternoon, January 29, 2019, to a sighting of Mac, who some say looked like a miniature “Lassie” dog. The three police officers were able to get Mac into a corner and take possession of him on or near Arlington Park Race Track (Arlington International Racecourse) property. Arlington Heights police reported that Mac did not want to be caught, but the police officers were persistent. Mac eventually surrendered. Police say Mac was cold and shivering, and had what appeared to be a minor injury to one of his paws.

Arlington Heights police officers Bland, Boucek, and Morgan surrounded and captured the Sheltie with the expertise of Arlington Heights Police Department Animal Warden Vicki Geier.

Mac had been last seen in a northbound lane of Route 53 between Northwest Highway and Palatine Road on Friday January 25, 2019 about 3:00 p.m. Mac had slipped out of his collar while he was being taken to a groomer at Windsor Drive and Palatine Road in Arlington Heights on Wednesday January 23, 2019 about 11:00 a.m. He ran westbound and was spotted by a couple of drivers about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday near Route 53 and Palatine Road. He had not been seen since Friday, or had not been reported being seen since Friday.

Since Mac survived extreme cold weather for almost a week, police speculate he found a way to hide in a horse barn at the racetrack to stay warm and survive.




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