Who Would Kidnap a Therapy Dog? Skokie Woman Charged

A 33-year-old Skokie woman is accused of grabbing a Pomeranian therapy pup from a car outside a Niles grocery store.

A Skokie woman has been charged with burglary in the kidnapping of a 7-month-old therapy dog, the Niles Police Department said Wednesday.

According to officials, detectives “painstakingly reviewed hours of videotape footage” obtained from surveillance cameras around the crime scene. The Pomeranian puppy named “Luigi” was stolen from an unlocked car outside Fresh Farms Market, 5740 W. Touhy Ave., police said.

Adina Tiran, 33, of the 4000 block of Mulford Street, was charged with one count of burglary to auto, a Class 2 Felony. If found guilty the penalty is three to seven years in prison and a fine up to $25,000, police said.

Luigi is a therapy dog used by the victim’s two children.

Investigators were able to identify and link two vehicles used in the crime to a Skokie residence. Niles police investigators went to the Skokie location and saw a woman holding Luigi in her arms and leaving through a rear door. The woman and dog were taken to the Niles Police Department.

A collar that held Luigi’s name and rabies tag was also recovered. Luigi was released to his grateful owner Wednesday morning.


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SR April 04, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Lock her up in a Kennel, jail is to good for her.
J.K. April 05, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Gee, she may get 7 years for kidnapping a dog yet the drugged out idiot that killed Carter Vo only got 5 years. This world is completely backwards sometimes.
Casey Faust April 05, 2013 at 12:34 PM
I am trying to understand how a 7 month old puppy is being considered a therapy dog??? That is not even enough time to begin the training.
Hank April 05, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Maybe when she gets out of jail she can qualify for one of those parolee dogs?
DLM April 05, 2013 at 09:22 PM
A therapy dog is different than a service dogs. Therapy dogs are pets that go to nursing homes, help with dog safety programs, do kids reading programs, go to hospitals, etc. Service dogs are "working" dogs that help people who are blind, have epilepsy, etc. Service dogs can go in to restaurants, on planes, in stores, therapy dogs cannot.


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