Chessie is now looking for a loving forever home after experiencing a terrifying act of cruelty last Friday night in the Tremont neighborhood overlooking downtown Cleveland. She and two other dogs were tied up to train tracks, but unlike the other two dogs, Chessie survived.
A CSX bridge monitor told police that he witnessed the incident from a distance. He said that he saw Chessie being tied to the tracks and someone appearing to take photographs or video of it. By the time he got to Chessie, the train had passed and the man had dissappeared. The bodies of the other dogs were found in the same secluded stretch of tracks.
Chessie, a Manchester Terrier cross, is about 22 pounds and 14 inches tall, and now, amazingly well adjusted considering what she has been through. When she was found, Chessie was wearing a pink collar, indicating that she was not a stray.
"She's very gentle. She's playful. She's about 2 years old," Cuyahoga County animal shelter manager Lesley DeSouza. "She is amazingly friendly, and she likes to sit on your lap. She's a lap dog. We're just stunned that a dog that went through all this so quickly has adapted herself."
Chessie will be available for adoption from the Cuyahoga County animal shelter (tel: 216-525-7877) on Friday, after a mandated waiting period to allow the owner to reclaim her.
Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for the man responsible and to report suspicious activity to Second District officers by calling: 216-623-5200.