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Buster bound for Texas rescue shelter

Colorado Animal Rescue announced Thursday its plans to place Buster, a rescued dog from Hurricane Katrina, closer to his owner.The shelter’s board released a press statement stating its efforts to relocate Buster, who bit CARE director Leslie Rockey in October, to Camp Wolfgang, a rescue shelter in Ennis, Texas, near Dallas. According to the press release, the shelter is approximately 30 minutes from where Angelo Kingvalsky – who owns Buster with his 81-year-old mother – is living in temporary housing.”Angelo has not authorized this, but we are waiting to hear back from him. Tracy Yajko, our animal behaviorist, contacted him and left a message,” said Connie Baker, vice president of the CARE board. “We think this is such an awesome opportunity for Buster and his owner.”Baker said one of CARE’s donors with connections in Texas helped devise the plan to move Buster closer to his owner. She said Buster could fly to Dallas in a private jet donated through a donor in Snowmass. “The owner of Camp Wolfgang, he’s the person who has connections in the Snowmass area,” Baker said. “It’s a licensed, certified facility. This is a shelter that is a long-term facility. The timeline (for Buster’s stay) is indefinite, which is really the best situation that could happen until the owner can get back on his feet.”Sue Schmidt, who brought Buster and nine other dogs to Colorado from the Lamar-Dixon temporary animal shelter in Louisiana, said both she and Kingvalsky were surprised to hear of the relocation plans.”Angelo has not authorized this. He’s still waiting to get paperwork,” said Schmidt, who withdrew her lawsuit filed with the Garfield County Court to obtain custody of Buster until his owner was found last week.Schmidt said as of Thursday night, Kingvalsky had retained local attorney Jill McConnaughy as his legal representation.”He wants me to care for his dog. That’s what he’s wanted since he was found,” said Schmidt, who established the Buster’s Fund at the Bank of Colorado this week to help cover costs associated with caring for all of the hurricane-rescued dogs brought here. “This man wants me to protect Buster.”Relocating Buster to Camp Wolfgang is the best-case scenario, said Baker.”I’m a dog owner and a dog lover and I know how I would feel if I finally found my dog but he was 3,000 miles away,” she said. “Here’s someone willing to send him to be closer.”Baker said pending Kingvalsky’s authorization, CARE will accommodate two large-breed dogs from Camp Wolfgang that may have a better chance at being adopted in the mountains in exchange for housing Buster.”What a nice Christmas present for all involved,” she said.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com

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