Buster attracts attention of Calif. dog trainer
The case of Buster the Hurricane Katrina dog has sparked the interest of a California dog trainer. According to Tara Meixsell, an assistant residential director at Mountain Valley Developmental Services, master dog trainer Christopher Aust, from Auburn, Calif., has been in contact with Sue Schmidt, a former CARE board member and veterinary technician from Silt who brought Buster back from Louisiana. Meixsell, who has been involved with rescuing Katrina dogs, said that Schmidt was given Aust’s information by someone in Aspen familiar with Buster’s case, and Schmidt contacted Aust. Schmidt has filed an emergency restraining order in Garfield County Court to take possession of Buster and the other 9 dogs she brought back from Louisiana. The initial hearing is at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs. Lori Raymond, CARE board member, said she may have seen an e-mail about Aust, but because of the restraining order, all options CARE might pursue for Buster are on hold and the group can do no more than custodial care. However, she said CARE would be “extremely open to anyone coming on the scene with those type of qualifications.” Buster spent 10 days under bite quarantine at the Colorado Animal Rescue shelter in Spring Valley after biting CARE director Leslie Rockey on Oct. 21. The incident occurred at Schmidt’s home in Silt. Since then, Raymond said of Buster, “he’s doing OK; he’s settling in; he seems to be comfortable.” According to Aust’s Web site, he has worked with U.S. Customs, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Secret Service and all branches of the U.S. military, as well as for the Royal Air Force in England.
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