Dogs receive mysterious electric shocks while walking in Chicago

Roo, a yellow lab, was taking a routine walk with his mother in Chicago one day in January when he suddenly cried out in pain. At first, the dog’s mother thought he had salt in his paw, a common occurrence in winter. But there was something stranger happening on the corner of Diversey Parkway and Orchard Street.

Michelle James, who witnessed the incident, saw what happened to Roo and how panicked her mother was. When James saw Roo in pain, she came to try to help.


In an interview with CBS LocalJames describes the scene:

“…every time the dog tried to get up he would crumble – and strangely my neighbor mentioned, ‘Hey, I don’t want you to think I’m crazy, but I feel some kind of electric current or something. thing on the floor,” as she lay there with her dog.

Strangely, several dogs were “shocked” at this same location in the Lakeview neighborhood. Jensen Byrd personally saw Roo and another dog being shaken at this corner.

“The screams sounded like a human,” she said. “It was really disturbing and really hard to watch.”


After this happened to Roo, he went straight to the vet and is now resting comfortably at home.

The source of electricity remains unknown

According to Alderman Tom Tunney of Chicago’s 44th District, two site inspections were held the week following Roo’s injury. After receiving the reports, Chicago Department of Transportation inspectors checked the streetlights for any electrical conductor that can run along the sidewalk.

So far, these investigations have revealed “no problem on the city side. Until authorities can determine the cause of this phenomenon, some sections of the sidewalk will remain closed.

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byrd said Fox she can’t believe how casually the city approaches this threatening situation:

“I’m a bit shaken that it’s been handled so casually after what I’ve seen. It was really disturbing. »

The electrical current affected enough dogs that residential buildings in the area even put up signs warning dog owners of the danger. Roo is recovering well from his injuries, but the locals are still worried about what might happen to their dogs or themselves. James added:

Lots of worry just because it may affect animals – who’s to say it won’t affect one of us? »

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Rubber and leather, the materials shoes are made of, make good insulators for human feet. This is a possible explanation for why humans haven’t been harmed in the same way so far.

All residents will likely want to avoid the affected area until more is known about what shocked the pups.

H/T: CBS location