Braveheart, the starved pit bull puppy, who was rescued from a storage unit in Shreveport, La., several weeks ago, was seized by the Caddo Parish Animal Control on Wednesday night, reported KTAL News 6.
It is a stunning turn of events for the puppy who was on the brink of death following his abandonment, and a devastating outcome for the couple who has been fostering him and nursing him back to health.
Braveheart has been receiving constant care from Ronda Spataro, a veterinary technician for Benton Animal Hospital, and her husband, Bo.
Now, he has been seized by animal control as "property," in the animal cruelty investigation, and the agency intends to hold him, at their facility, until the investigation is complete.
Aside from the obvious emotional toll this will take on the beleaguered puppy, who has been slowly overcoming trust issues, are the health concerns; Braveheart will no longer be receiving care from a veterinary staff...instead he will be housed at a kennel where he will be exposed to canine diseases.
The Caddo Parish Animal Control seems to be working in a manner which is opposite of other agencies across the country. Often, when a cruelty case is discovered, animal control agencies turn to rescue agencies for help in caring for the neglected and/or abused dog.
In this baffling instance, animal control has chosen to seize the neglected puppy away from his rescuers, conveniently, after a considerable amount of funds have already been spent on Braveheart's intensive veterinary care.
Braveheart has thousands of supporters from across the country and they are clamoring for a means to help return the pup to his nurturing care-providers.
Over 3,000 signatures are already on a newly created petition asking for the puppy to be returned to the Spataro family. Click here to read and sign.
Prior story on Braveheart at this link.
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