Dog rescued from lake released to animal control


URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — The U of I Vet Med named her Poppy and she is currently at animal control.

They say Poppy is still resting and not allowed to have much company today. She will stay at animal control for at least 5 days.

Poppy may go directly to the man who found her or a shelter like humane society where she can be adopted.

The investigation is ongoing and depending on the outcome of the investigation, it’s possible that if police were to locate the perpetrator, charges could be filed for aggravated animal cruelty, which is a felony offense.

Animal control says the dog could possibly be held longer than 5 days at their facility depending on what happens during the investigation or if the dog is not stable enough to leave.

Champaign County Animal Control wants this to be a reminder if you have concerns regarding animal cruelty or inhumane treatment to call the county dispatch office at 217-333-8911.

Donations to assist the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in providing care to ill or injured animals can be made online at and please specify you are donating to Humane Connections.

Eric Cunningham of Black Jack Firearms Ridge Farm is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for this crime. If you would like to add to the reward go to Facebook or call 217-474-3415.

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