UPDATE, 12:50p ET: The Chicago Tribune reports that the stolen van has been found. Police said three or four of the dogs were seen shivering amid the subzero temperatures.


Several dog owners in Chicago were left distraught Wednesday when armed thugs carjacked a doggy daycare van that was carrying their beloved pets.

The "Urban Out Sitters" van was stopped at a traffic light when two gunmen approached and forced the driver out of the vehicle. 

The company's owner, Joseph Giannini, said he was bringing the dogs home when all of a sudden a man put a gun in his face.

"He hopped out of the car fairly quickly, and at that point the guys just jumped in, one on each side, and sped away," he recalled.

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Giannini said six dogs were missing Wednesday evening. But Thursday morning, Chicago Police said seven were in the vehicle and were still missing.

“Fifteen years in business and this is probably the most devastating thing I've had to deal with,” Giannini said.

Giannini added that because the van was not marked with the company's logo, he thinks the carjackers just wanted the vehicle and were not targeting the dogs.

The van is a silver 2002 Chrysler Town and Country with license plate R188669. The passenger's side has some damage from when it was sideswiped earlier this winter, Giannini said.