HGTV Host Rescues Pit Bull Caught in Traffic
All things considered, it was quite a day for Alison Victoria. And also for Jackson, a runaway pit bull. The host of HGTV’s “Kitchen Crashers” was in Chicago on Thursday, filming an episode for the show. Victoria, who splits her time between Las Vegas and Chicago, left the set in the Wicker Park neighborhood to drive home to grab her laptop.
Let the adventures begin.
“I parked my car in the middle of Milwaukee and ran after him.”
She got the white male pit bull — later identified as Jackson — onto the sidewalk, but he had no collar, and she had her hands full trying to control him.
“He was cute and kind and sweet. I asked someone if I could keep him in their store till I called PAWS (she is on the board at PAWS Chicago). They said no. So I put him in my car and went back to the set and told my producer, ‘I’ll be a minute osonjhv.’”
She drove to PAWS’ Lincoln Park facility, rang the bell and told the folks there what was going on. Coincidentally, there was a meeting going on regarding the next issue of PAWS Chicago magazine, which has Victoria on the cover.
“I said, ‘Guys, I love it, but I have a dog in my car right now.’”
She asked PAWS employees if she could drop off the dog and they’d hang on to him until she was done shooting. PAWS did more than that, putting a collar on him, taking photos and getting the word out through social media.
It didn’t take long before the pit was identified as Jackson, an alumnus of Peace for Pits. The group had rescued him from Chicago Animal Care and Control, where he had been brought in as a skin-and-bones stray. Peace for Pits had nursed him back to health and had found him a home — the home from which he escaped Thursday afternoon. Jackson was soon reunited with his family. And Victoria, who has a West Highland terrier and a Maltese at home, had another rescue notch in her belt.
“Two years ago I saved a white pit bull on the South Side. And I saved a duck three days ago. About a year ago on set we had an injured raccoon. Everyone knows if we have a dog or cat or butterfly that’s injured, we’re going to shut down for a couple of hours.”
“What a great day,” Victoria said. “You have these two organizations, PAWS and Peace for Pits, who have the same goal. … And they just came together.”
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