Owner unleashes Buster to Silt woman | PostIndependent.com

Owner unleashes Buster to Silt woman

Buster isn’t going to Texas.After Colorado Animal Rescue announced its plans to place Buster, a rescued dog from Hurricane Katrina, closer to his owner at an animal shelter in Ennis, Texas, the owner decided he wants the dog to stay in Garfield County.Buster’s owner, Angelo Kingvalsky, told CARE he wants Sue Schmidt, the woman who brought the dog back to Colorado, to care for Buster at her home in Silt, said Connie Baker, vice president of CARE’s board.Baker said Kingvalsky was trying Friday afternoon to get paperwork together to transfer Buster to Schmidt’s custody.”I’m baffled as to why he wouldn’t want the dog near him,” Baker said. “We thought it was such an awesome opportunity for him to be near his dog. We’re completely baffled, but he’s the owner and he can do whatever he wants with the dog.”CARE had made arrangements to send Buster to Texas, possibly via a private jet donated by a Snowmass resident, pending Kingvalsky’s approval.Schmidt, however, said Kingvalsky has always wanted her to care for Buster until he returns to his home in Louisiana and can take the dog back. “Bottom line, if this solution had come up two months ago, and it was a shelter that was happy to take Buster and that he would have been provided a good home and an owner had been found, that would have been a different story,” Schmidt said. But now that she’s getting Buster – assuming the paperwork comes through – until Kingvalsky can find a way to get him back, Schmidt said she’s glad the dog was allowed to go “to a home where he’s safe and loved.”Buster was taken to CARE after the animal bit CARE director Leslie Rockey at Schmidt’s Silt home on Oct. 21. The dog has been in CARE’s custody since the biting incident. Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. 520bmagill@postindependent.com

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