Update 10/12/13: Braveheart is officially back home with the Spataro family!
Braveheart, the four-month-old pit bull puppy rescued from a Shreveport, La., storage unit in September, has been released from the Caddo Parish Animal Control.
Contrary to rumors which have been spreading via emails and Facebook, the puppy was not released back to his foster home.
According to the puppy's former foster, Ronda Spataro, Braveheart has been removed from animal control and released to a veterinarian.
On Friday morning, Spataro released this information:
Attention Media: Due to the ongoing Investigation, I cannot comment on Braveheart at this time. Please just know he is safe with an anonymous Caddo Veterinarian tonight and no longer in the shelter.
I am thankful for that. Thank you for understanding. I am only trying to protect the best interests of Braveheart and protect the privacy of those involved with his care. I will update when I can. I appreciate your support and coverage of such a tragic cruelty to this puppy my family loves so much and I understand everyone wants to know his outcome.
Since my Facebook posts are being used as quotes on certain news stations, I will not be posting publicly for the time being. Please do not call either of my jobs as I need to do my job helping save more "Braveheart's". I will happily release information when I am able. Thank you for understanding.
On Wednesday night, animal control officials seized Braveheart from his foster family as part of their animal cruelty investigation. Outrage over the seemingly callous move sparked outrage and spurred the creation of a petition and countless emails, to animal control officials, demanding that the pup be released from their care.
On Thursday, it was confirmed that the district attorney's office is drawing up an affidavit for an arrest in the Braveheart cruelty case.
According to Thursday's KTAL News, the former owner, believed to be responsible for abandoning the puppy in the storage unit without food or water, has voluntarily signed over ownership of Braveheart to the Caddo Parrish Animal Control.
Original story about Braveheart's abandonment here.
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