On Friday, a judge in Forks, Wash., determined that Leroy, a dog housed at the Olympic Animal Sanctuary (OAS), should be returned to the Animal Aid and Rescue Foundation.
Leroy went to the OAS facility in 2009 on what the Animal Aid and Rescue Foundation said was a foster agreement; the judge on Friday agreed that Steve Markwell, who operates OAS, was only a foster care-provider.
Following Friday's verdict, Heather Enajibi, AARF president, told the Peninsula Daily News:
No more crates for LeRoy. Except for in the car on the drive,”
After concerns were raised over conditions inside of the warehouse where the dogs are housed, AARF began efforts to have Leroy released back to their care.
Per court orders, Leroy was to be handed over to AARF on Friday evening at the Forks City Hall.
Markwell had nothing to say about Friday's verdict.
OAS has been the subject of great controversy of late. In addition to the lawsuit to have Leroy returned to AARF, a former donor and supporter is suing Markwell for "breach of contract and misuse of a restricted donation." The donor had contributed $50,000 to OAS in July 2012 - supposedly for a new facility to house the dogs.
Protesters have stood vigil outside of the OAS warehouse for several weeks in an effort to convince local officials and authorities that conditions inside of the facility are worthy of an inspection.
Markwell's supporters maintain that the dogs are well cared for, and there is nothing of concern inside of the closed doors of the warehouse.
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