Lawyer claims CARE has requested additional proof of ownership
Post Independent Staff
The paperwork is piling up fast for Buster, the rescued dog from Hurricane Katrina.
On Monday, attorney Jill McConaughy said representation from Colorado Animal Rescue requested additional proof that hurricane survivors Angelo Kingvalsky and his mother, Lydia, are Buster’s true owners.
“It doesn’t make sense to me,” McConaughy said. “The press release said they were sending Buster to Dallas to get him closer to his owner, and now they’re saying they don’t believe they’re the owners.”
McConaughy said despite published reports that CARE was waiting to hear back from Kingvalsky on where Buster should be housed, her client has not seen ” nor signed ” any paperwork. She said the only documentation has been a signed letter stating the dog’s ownership and indicating Buster should reside at Sue Schmidt’s residence.
“They’ve never sent the paperwork to him,” McConaughy said.
Tracey Yajko, an animal behaviorist and CARE board member, said the shelter has been trying to fax the information to Kingvalsky but has had difficulties connecting with him. She also said CARE has not requested additional information regarding proof of ownership, lawyers from both parties are working on documentation, and the board will decide where the dog will reside this week.
“We’re doing the responsible thing. The board is in the process of making a decision about the who, when and what will happen to Buster,” she said. “When releasing a dog to anyone other than its owner, we have to basically dot our i’s and cross our t’s. We have to be super careful and make sure whatever happens, we’re cautious and responsible. It has more to do with not jumping into anything.”
McConaughy said she is disillusioned that CARE has not already released the dog to Schmidt ” who paid for Buster’s temporary relocation to Colorado until his owner could claim him ” despite her client’s wishes.
“We’re obviously very disappointed,” she said. “But we’re going to do everything we can to get the evidence CARE requires.”
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