A new definition of “Dog Tag”

By Nicole Foley

Storefront walls, alley gangways, vacant buildings, and now – dogs? Gangs are known for displaying their signs in public places to declare their name and territory, and recently they found a new way of doing so.

On Halloween, in the neighborhood streets of Berwyn, a pit bull was found wandering the streets with a gang tag spray painted onto him. A nearby resident called animal control to have it removed. When animal control found the dog they contacted the police right away, having found an odd symbol that had been recently spray painted onto the side of the dog, according to resident Jessica Stricken. The police arrived on the scene and identified the symbol as a gang sign, she said.

“It’s not unusual for there to be cops around, especially on Halloween, but when I saw a pit bull sitting in the middle of all the chaos I wanted to know what happened,” she said Stricken came out to see what the commotion was about because she could see that an animal was involved.

“They made sure to keep that side of the dog facing them. I guess they didn’t want us to see (the gang sign),” said Stricken, who did not know what symbol was on the dog.

Berwyn police could not be reached for comment on the incident.

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