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Update on Great Dane beaten by ACO

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The female Great Dane that was allegedly beaten by a Galveston County, Animal Control Officer (ACO) is in relatively, good condition, and receiving medical care at the Scott Veterinary Clinic. According to Dr. Johnson a veterinarian at the clinic, the Great Dane, whose name is Nina (AKA Fine Wine), is in no danger of being euthanized.

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Nina, the three-year-old, female, blue harlequin, was turned over to the ACO yesterday, by her current owner. The owner whose name is being withheld because of the pending investigation, refused to release Nina into foster care, and instead called Animal Control and released the dog into their care.

According to Jason Lockhart, the foster, who went to the owner’s home to pick up Nina, told Examiner he had spent two hours working with Nina, to gain her trust, only to have the owner refuse to release her into his care.

Lockhart told the Examiner, “While I was there the owner told me somebody dumped her and she hopped their fence. They started feeding her and liked her, but a week ago, their little dog attacked Nina, and she fought back, that is why they wanted to get rid of her. They had her for six months.” Lockhart continued, “Nina’s tags where outdated, but belonged to her and still had the original owner's number on them along with the vet’s which was in Magnolia Texas. It is about a 2 hour drive from where she was at his house.”

Lockhart learned about Nina needing a foster when the Dog Dynasty- Kennels for a Cause posted a courtesy plea a week ago to help find Nina a foster home. Dog Dynasty released this statement;

“The story about the Great Dane, that was abuse by the animal control of Galveston County; We at Dog Dynasty only courtesy posted her picture in hopes of finding a foster/forever home. Please pray for her safety! Kim.”

Nina’s story has gone viral on the internet and there have been many false rumors circulating. This is still an ongoing investigation, so there are some details that cannot be released at this time. But the Scott Clinic did release this statement;

“I understand that many people are very concerned about the Great Dane, Nina. Let me first say that contrary to the numerous rumors circulating she is in relatively good condition. While I cannot go into great detail since this is an ongoing investigation, I can say her injuries are relatively minor. Also, to set everyone's minds at ease I will tell you there is NO plan to euthanize her at my clinic OR the animal shelter. I have spoken with Dr. Guidry and he agrees. I will work with the shelter as needed to continue to help with her care until her owner is found or she is adopted. Thank you for all of the concern for Nina and offers to assist with her care. Dr. Johnson”

The Lexus Project has been contacted to represent Nina’s case and they released this statement earlier today;

“We are looking into the Galveston situation but we need a local attorney. If there is someone in the area, we can walk you through.”

There has been no word from the Galveston county Sheriff’s office.

Evening update: Nina now has a protective order placed on her, for her protection. There are two rescues working together to get her to safety. The Examiner will release an update when Nina is in the custody of a rescue.

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