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    Urban Legend: Dead Dog in a Suitcase stolen on the El train
    PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 12:42 pm Reply with quote
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    I submitted this to the Urban Legends Reference Pages at
    http://www.snopes.com

    I heard this story like this one below on the radio this morning. I tried Google and found this one that closely matches.

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    Speaking of Chicago, however, you might enjoy this great story I heard from my friend -- happened a few weeks ago. A friend of mine works with a friend who knows some people who know this lady. (Sounds bizarre, but it's real.)

    The lady is single, lives downtown, has no need (usually) for a car. Well,
    she was dog-sitting for some friends and went to their house one day to
    find the dog dead. She had forgotten to feed him for a couple days, but he
    was a big dog; she was pretty sure that she wasn't his cause of death.

    Unsure what to tell the owners, she called a vet and asked about an
    autopsy. The vet said that if they had to come to her, it would be $200,
    but that if she could get the dog to the vet, only $100.

    None of her friends could loan her a car that day, and she pretty much had to take the dog in to the vet that day. So here's this lady (small-framed, too), and she needs to get this dead dog onto the L and to the vet. So she puts him (80lbs) into a suitcase. She drags him to the train station.

    A man sees her struggling with the weight of the case, asks her if he can
    help. She accepts his help willingly. Casually, he inquires as to what's
    so heavy in there. Cautiously, sheepishly, she answers that it's oh, just
    some stereo equipment.

    Moments later, they're about to board the train. He suddenly pushes her
    away and takes off with the suitcase on the train!

    Distraught, again, over what she was going to tell the owners, she asked
    her friends what she should do. "Just tell them 'your dog was stolen.'"

    I can't imagine being the chivalrous thief, when he opens up the suitcase
    to find, not stereo equipment, but an 80lb dead dog.


    ====================

    However the story details in the story I heard this morning were changed.

      * Autopsy became disposal
      * The prices were changed from $200/$100 to $300/$50.
      * The woman's staus was changed from "can't get a car" to "Too poor" and "dog sitting" to "her dog".
      * The suitcase was stolen at the final destination stop, not at the beginning of the ride.

    The dead dog, suitcase, Chicago, El train, "stereo equipment" and good
    samaritan are the common elements.

    Here is the tipoff: "A friend of mine works with a friend who knows some
    people who know this lady. (Sounds bizarre, but it's real.)"
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    Elevated to the main news page
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    This story has hundreds of hits in the last two years. I have elevated it to the main story page.

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