Sad, sad update: After almost a month of surviving on her own, Krave was hit by a car. She was taken to a vet, but the vet was unable to save her. Thank you to everyone who looked for her, shared her story, and cared.
Poor Krave lived a life of neglect for eight years. Things seemed to be turning around when she was rescued, right before she was going to be killed, by Starfish Animal Rescue. She was taken to a foster home in Oswego, where her foster mom worked to get Krave used to being around people. When she came to her foster, at first she was scared to leave her crate. After two weeks of gentle attention and hand-fed chicken, she was starting to approach the foster mom. But even the tamest, gentlest of dogs revert to almost wild-like behavior when they are fending for themselves. And now Krave has escaped — and she has been on her own for almost a month.
Volunteers are begging for the public to please help find Krave, who is now scared and running free. After making a hole in the foster’s fence in Oswego, she ran almost to Aurora, then followed the railroad tracks to the Plainfield/Joliet area. Volunteers of Starfish Rescue have put out flyers in every subdivision and in public places. There were 64 sightings in a little over a week, and then she disappeared. Dogs can run long distances, and the volunteers are worried that she could be miles and miles away from Plainfield. In fact, she hasn’t been seen for weeks. Her last sighting was in Plainfield before Thanksgiving, but now she could be as far as 30 to 50 miles away.
When dogs are in rural areas, they are less likely to be seen by people. That means they can travel farther. Krave was a neglected dog who was used to fending for herself in Kentucky by hunting for food. So she is probably able to feed herself at least minimally. But Krave is not a young dog. She needs to be caught before it gets really cold, or she will not survive the winter.
Krave is not aggressive, but she will run. She is indifferent towards humans as she is used to getting her own food. Krave looks like a mix — a brown dog with a black collar. She looks like she has some gray on her muzzle and her nipples are distended from many litters of puppies. She is around eight years old and she may be limping. She has been mistaken for a coyote (and vice versa) but there are a few important differences. Coyotes run with their tails pointing down, but Krave’s tail flips up at the end when she runs. Coyotes have upright pointy ears while Krave’s ears are tipped — the tops are bent and flop over.
If sighted, people should NOT call her or chase her. Even taking one step in her direction will frighten her. She will run away in fear. Do not approach her! Do not call her! Please call or text (630) 779-4303. Leave a message with the exact location where she was seen and in which direction she was traveling. Those trying to help her would appreciate any help in making and distributing flyers and posters in many Plainfield areas.
There may be updated information on the Facebook thread. Here is a link to an article on finding lost dogs by lostdogsillinois.com. Please share this story with friends and family. Even if you don’t live in Illinois, please share as you never know who will see this information and share with their friends — who might just live close to where Krave is surviving.
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