luciano

No luck for Luciano

Luciano, a four-year-old male American Staffordshire Terrier shares the same moniker as well-known gangster Lucky Luciano. However, this Luciano has had nothing but bad luck since he was born.

He was adopted as a puppy by the neighbors of San Diego resident Toni Gonzalez. Poor Luciano was constantly abused by the wife of the neighbor until he was six months old.  He lived on a back patio without a food bowl, a water bowl or shelter from the elements. Toni felt sorry for the dog and looked out for him from her own home.

One night the neighbors moved away and left Luciano on the back patio.  Toni could not bear to see the dog left there abandoned so she took him in. Unfortunately, Toni’s other dog Onyx was aggressive toward Luciano so she had to keep them separated. Other people in the household did not like Luciano and resented his being there. Poor Luciano felt unwanted by everyone except Toni so he tried very hard to get attention from other people in the household even Onyx.

Because Luciano had been starved the first six months of his life and displayed some food aggression. Toni took him to a trainer who said that food aggression is hard to train out of a dog and convincing him he will not be starved again.

One day Toni’s family gave her an ultimatum; she could only keep one dog.   Toni decided to put Luciano up for adoption since he was so friendly and her other dog Onyx was aggressive toward people and other dogs.

A rescue group recommended she take him to The Bear’s Den Boarding and Rescue in the hopes it would lead to a forever home for Luciano. Toni took Luciano to The Bear’s Den Boarding and Rescue in Phelan, California on May 1st 2016 with high hopes that the dog nobody wanted would get adopted.

Luciano was at Bear’s Den from May 1st until October 31st 2016. Toni paid for his boarding and was sending food for him although she is disabled and on a fixed income.  She called the owner of Bear’s Den two weeks prior to the 31st to let her know she was going to pick Luciano up on November 11th, 2016.  Kareen told Toni Luciano had cancer and needed to be euthanized.   Toni refused to have him euthanized and went to pick him up to take him to her own vet in San Diego for a second opinion.

When she picked Luciano up from The Bear’s Den he was in deplorable condition. He was emaciated – having gone from a healthy 70 lbs. to 40 lbs., he was missing some of his teeth and the remaining front teeth and his canine teeth were broken and damaged beyond repair.  He had multiple wounds and injuries and will need multiple surgeries. Per Toni’s vet, Luciano does not have cancer and according to vets, his condition was caused by starvation and being attacked by other dogs multiple times while in boarding for six months.

Since Luciano came home from boarding, he has had to have a portion of dead tissue removed all the way down to the bone from the area of his tibia. Now his tibia is showing but no further surgery can be done until the tissues grows back over that site.  He has also had a skin stretch surgery and will need all four of his canine teeth removed. There was a hole on his right arm which needed stitching. But through it all,  and despite being abused twice at the hands of those that were supposed to care for him, Luciano showed resilience and his true loving attitude by licking the hands of the veterinarian staff as they changed his bandages.

It is not known what exactly transpired at The Bear’s Den Boarding and Rescue but based on the injuries Luciano sustained and the condition of his teeth the San Diego vet  suspects that Luciano may have been used as a bait dog.

Since Luciano’s story went public, several other people have come forward alleging their dogs have also come back from this boarding facility in similar condition to Luciano. Another person’s dog was euthanized while staying there.  There is currently one documented lawsuit pending against facility and reports have been made to the local animal control, humane society and to PETA. No charges have been made against the facility.

Toni reports that although Luciano’s leg bothers him he still wants to go for walks and play. He is currently at the vet’s office in San Diego awaiting his other surgeries. He cannot go back to Toni’s house because of her other dog Onyx.

Toni is looking for someone to adopt Luciano once he is healthy enough to leave the vet’s office by the first week of December.

Luciano before and after his boarding

Luciano before and after his boarding She is adamant that no one will hurt Luciano again and all potential adopters will be thoroughly vetted.

If you can help Toni re-home Luciano, please contact her via email at buttercup020515@hotmail.com.

  1. Christine Eustaquio
    Christine Eustaquio says:

    Bear’s Den should be investigated for animal cruelty and neglect! I wish I were in the US because I will offer to adopt Luciano myself. Praying some kind soul will adopt this wonderful dog.

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    • Toni
      Toni says:

      I am going to sue her and I called everywhere I could think to file a complaint Immigration Licensing Animal Control the DA of San Bernardino County The Sheriff the Police PETA Humane Society Aminal Control went out there Nov 2nd and found 6 other emaciated and wounded dogs she had to show proof of why they were like that by Nov 16

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      • Jorge Rodriguez
        Jorge Rodriguez says:

        Good grief Tony, Pslam 119:163 says ” I hate and detest falsehood but I love your law”, how can you use the Bible for your lies? Now you are making noise here because everybody on Facebook ignored you and reported you because you lied?

      • Toni
        Toni says:

        What are you taking about You Animal Abuser Your Going to Get Your for what You and That Old Witch Lkareen did Too LUCI but LUCI lived you PUNK wait I more instore for you You Illigal Alien just watch what’s coming your way

      • Jorge Rodriguez
        Jorge Rodriguez says:

        How can you dare call me names? I can’t wait to see you being kicked out of this forum because all you do is talking, lol, you are delusional.

      • Toni Gonzalez
        Toni Gonzalez says:

        “How dare I call you names” You are an Animal Abuser that’s how NOTHING is going to happen to me

      • Toni Gonzalez
        Toni Gonzalez says:

        You an Animal Abuser that is going to get whats coming Count on that you and Kareen abused the wrong dog this time Im not even close to done with the two of you Forget this page stuff you and that old witch are going to be in reality real soon

        and I don’t have face book so what are you talking about and my name is Toni if you had sense but Your an Animal Abuse so obviously you DONT

      • Toni Gonzalez
        Toni Gonzalez says:

        Why doesnt Kareen show the evidence her Vet said LUCI skeleton body was because he has cancer and Not Because The Two of You STARVED him

      • Toni
        Toni says:

        What proof idiot I have her Vets file on LUCI Talk what you know I’m Toni Gonzalez who are you big talker Kareen is a lying Animal Abuser and has a lot more coming as well as Jorge We’ll see who’s lying

      • Hate Liars
        Hate Liars says:

        Seriously? You are sick in the head. Kareen has NEVER abused an animal!! You are only trying to get money that you don’t have. Well, guess what? It ain’t going to happen! Get a life and stop lying. karma will get you sooner or later.

      • Toni Gonzalez
        Toni Gonzalez says:

        “Hate Liars” why don’t you stop hiding I said Im Toni Gonzalez and what are you talking about I didn’t get a cent from that old hag Kareen and this happened at her facility so Once Again TALK WHAT YOU KNOW!!!

      • Jay Campion
        Jay Campion says:

        That is another lie…animal control investigated your false claims and found nothing wrong with any of the dogs on the property…Vets were called in to give their assessment of all the animals and all were found to be in good health and well cared for. Can’t wait til you are hit with the law suit..for liable and slander.

      • Toni Gonzalez
        Toni Gonzalez says:

        No Jay obviously you don’t have your facts straight Kareen was found with 6 other emaciated and wounded dogs by law she had 14 days to comply which she did she starved feeding emaciated dogs and got vet care for their wounds but Im sorry the case is not closed after my vets report and pictures of LUCIANO’s condition before and after Bears Den so stay tuned to what happens to your beloved Kareen

      • Hate Liars
        Hate Liars says:

        Wow. You really believe in your own lies don’t you. It doesn’t occur to you that those dogs came in skinny from a rescue??? Oh right, you rather blame an innocent person, before knowing the facts. Keep up with your lies and fall into a deeper hole.

      • Jorge Rodriguez
        Jorge Rodriguez says:

        Wrong one more time, sorry, no wounds and no starvation, animal control wanted to make sure they were ok, and they were, liar.

    • Denise Thompson
      Denise Thompson says:

      Bears Den is a wonderful facility, and the charges were investigated and dropped. The woman making the complaints is not being truthful, and a wonderful rescue facility is having it’s reputation trashed by this Toni person who claims she is going to sue Bears Den. Given that ALL agencies cleared Bears Den of any wrong-doing, Toni would be better off saving her money and using it to learn to manage her own dogs..

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      • Toni
        Toni says:

        For 1 dummy Animal Control found 6 other emaciated and wounded dog at Bears Den they by law gave Kareen time to coply 2weeks and of course she started to feed these other dogs and had Vet care for the wounds but Sorry case is not closed aftwr seeing LUCI’s photos and Vet info of being used as a bait dog and staved and by the way No Cancer and Kareens Vet Never said that eother so believe what you want when this place goes down cry with Kareen and Jorge the Animal abusers and dog fighters

  2. Sherry
    Sherry says:

    How in the hell can a rescue group/boarding facility return dogs with missing teeth and wounds? Jesus, what is going on in this cruel world? Please , I urge Luciano’s current owner NOT to drop the ball on that. Please join the one documented lawsuit and file complaints. This HAS to be stopped. They are getting PAID to keep dogs they are using as bait to make more money. Sick, wicked, twisted, road straight to hell. PROSECUTE please. Anyone else that had a dog returned in similar condition needs to pursue this matter and get them shut down. Sickening. Prayers and love being sent to Luciano from Louisiana. May his luck change for the better. HUGS

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      • linda
        linda says:

        Obviously they are not legit. People have been giving out warnings about rescues that are not actually rescues but get these dogs for fighting bait.

      • Toni
        Toni says:

        Who is email I show you Kareens Vet file No Cancer for LUCI I’ll show you LUCI’s Doggie Boot Camp paper right before Bens Den no teeth missing no broken teeth not emaciated I’m not lying sorry Kareen is I have proof where’s hers

      • Hate Liars
        Hate Liars says:

        Kareen’s vet said it has Lymphoma and it’s probably written down also. Any idea what that is? Look it up! Stop being in denial.

      • Jorge Rodriguez
        Jorge Rodriguez says:

        Lol, really? Animal control found nothing wrong here!! You are such a liar!! You keep saying ” I’m going to do this or that” your only hope was animal control and they have nothing against the kennel, sorry but if what you want is sympathy, that is all you are going to get in this forum, besides that nothing else.

      • Hate Liars
        Hate Liars says:

        Bahaha she can’t help her self Jorge. She’s so caught up in her own lies, that she can’t get out now. Just give it up Lady, you’re not winning here. People are already on to you and by keeping it up, you look more like a fool then you already am.

      • Toni Gonzalez
        Toni Gonzalez says:

        I told you to watch what you say Jorge and your really stupid if you think that’s my “only hope” and I have done” this and that” Why don’t you and Kareen show where the Vet says LUCI body condition is from lymphoma

      • Toni Gonzalez
        Toni Gonzalez says:

        look hate Liars email me and I’ll show you the evidence LUCI’s condition is not lying and neither is renowned Vet why would the Vets office say LUCI was used as a Bait Dog by his wounds if its not true and Kareens vet never says LUCI had cancer

    • Jorge Rodriguez
      Jorge Rodriguez says:

      Don’t worry, there are no other dogs, actually this dog was never used as Toni said, she is lying, animal control was at the kennel and they didn’t find anything wrong, too bad.

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  3. edward
    edward says:

    Nice job honey you’re doing a great job I hope to God you find him a home I have 7 plus three cats I take him if I could the other hand these Dirtbag called boarding room homes for this animals you need to put one of those and nose and eyes and needles in his f****** eyes and take him away Lord piece of f****** s*** you should be shut down really but of course nobody can shut it down because I never do that f****** job right mother f******

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    • Toni
      Toni says:

      Thank You I’m not the one suffering It was LUCI that paid for my Big mistake to trust this old Witch (I don’t cuss) Eventhough he’s been through he’ll poor LUCI can still be happy and loves to be around strangers still Everyone at the Vet Hospital loves him and say “he so sweet”

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      • Denise Thompson
        Denise Thompson says:

        you may not cuss, but you certainly lie. You got ignored and blocked on Facebook because of all your lies, and now you are trying to get sympathy from these people who are unaware of the truth. But there are those of us who know, and we will not let your lies go unchallenged

      • Toni Gonzalez
        Toni Gonzalez says:

        Denise I don’t have face book so what are you talking about email me and I’ll show you Kareens Vet file and the trainer facility LUCI was at right before bears Den no teeth missing not emaciated or broken teeth or wounds from head to toe to tail Why would there be a story here if the details weren’t check out first

  4. Elizabeth Morgan
    Elizabeth Morgan says:

    CLOSE DOWN THE BOARDING FACILITY. Please … someone needs to bring charges against the facility or other animals will suffer pain and possibly even death. This poor dog and others have suffered. I pray that this sweet dog finds a loving forever home, which will ease his foster mom’s anxiety. God Bless Rescue Angels! Thank you!

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    • Toni
      Toni says:

      I’m going to for sure Not let this place go unscaved I will do my best and everything under the sun possible The Sheriff and Police have reports and are awaiting an out come of my law suit I’m going as far as I can take it This Witch messed with the wrong Dog

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      • Hate Liars
        Hate Liars says:

        Seriously? Why are you spreading all these lies? Why don’t you tell every one the dog was a bait dog before it came to Kareens? What is wrong with you? Is this a way for you to get rich by suing? Well, think again, cause that ain’t happening. Go ahead and sue and look like a fool when you loose the case, cause truth will prevail! and karma will bite you in the ass sooner or later.
        Get a life!

      • Toni Gonzalez
        Toni Gonzalez says:

        What!!! Okay now LUCI was abait dog before going to Kareens You sure talk a lot of nonsense and I said about 20 times already email me and I”ll show you what Jorge and Kareen are saying isn’t true at all but you don’t so Im not going to respond to you anymore

  5. Toni
    Toni says:

    I’m Toni Gonzalez and you can email me at above address or you can call me at (619) 947-3074 LUCIANO’s Vet is documenting LUCI’S torture and with all 4 canine his incisors teeth will need to be removed as well a lot are dying In his terrible leg wound he had 2 more bite wounds inside LUCI’s had wounds form head to toe to tail Yes he had a bite on his tail and a big one on his back that lfet a bruise the size of the mouth Kareen Carruthers is the owner operator of Bears Den she’s an old hag that’s how she manipulates you to trust her I WILL be Suing her as soon as LUCIANO gets out of the Vet Hospital he does still need 2 or 3 more surgeries depending on how long it takes to take out a 4yr old teeth because they were not naturally coming out its difficult extractions I can’t imagine the Pain LUCI was in when at Kareens he had teeth removed (by what barbaric process) who will ever know LUCI had several teeth missing besides the broke ones Another tactic used by dog fighters on a Bait Dog which the evidence points to for LUCI only because I threatened Kareen did she give LUCIANO back to me she knows it and I know it too Kareen also employs this illegal names Jorge who is in his 40 or 50 Jorge wears a break stick (hmmm what is that used for) seen by others not ever taking their dogs to Kareen again I wouldn’t know what one looks like but he did have stuff on his belt I reported him to immigration so he can get what he deserves too and Kareen and Jorge better be glad I found God and love Him more because if I was my old self which all my family (I’m Mexican but the legal kind) thought and was so scared for the wrong doers They would have hurt like they made my Poor Sweet Innocent LUCI hurt but I know now God will make Evil Doers pay and the Bible says at

    Proverbs 12:10 “The righteous one takes care of his domestic animals,But even the mercy of the wicked is cruel.”

    So God will not wake these two from death or bless their life but He will be with me when I take these two down legally

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    • Michelle
      Michelle says:

      Good Bless you Toni! I wish I could take Luchi but I already have a very dominate male rescue dog and I fear he would not be good around Luchi.

      I am praying for both you and Luchi.

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      • Toni
        Toni says:

        Thank you Michelle It’s sooooooo heart breaking to know I was paying for this to happen to Poor LUCI and he’s still sooooooo sweet with people he doesn’t know like the Scum Bags that starved and abused him

  6. Deborah Naugher
    Deborah Naugher says:

    I would love to to be his forever home I. I’m always trying to help all the animals I can. I rescued a senior husky about a year ago and you. d thinker I raised her but I live in FL I pray you find him a loving family

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  7. Hate Liars
    Hate Liars says:

    What a BS story!! Stop spreading lies!!! The dog was NEVER used as a bait dog in Kareen’s care. The dog has been in Boarding for 2 years!! Who does that!!! The dog also had old wounds before it came to Bears Den and Kareen took good care of that dog, like she does with all her dogs. She even fed him more, but the dog kept on getting skinny, because it has lymphoma! The dog got into an accident with another dog in the kennel and his leg got stuck under the fence while the other dog grabbed it. Kareen took it to the vet right away and contacted the owner. The vet stated that the dog has Lymphoma and there for skinny. She never told the owner that it had to be euthanized! I don’t know what the owners agenda is with spreading lies, but it sounds to me that she has a screw loose, to blame an owner of a kennel that has a good reputation for 20 years. If the owner really cared so much for that dog, she could have found him a home, 2 years prior of putting him in boarding and just because she doesn’t want to hear about the lymphoma, doesn’t mean that she should hurt some one else’s reputation. SHAME ON HER!!! and shame on any one who has their opinion ready without knowing any facts. !!

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    • Toni Gonzalez
      Toni Gonzalez says:

      Okay hate liars im LUCIANO’s owner No he was not boarded for two years and no he did not have old wounds from head to toe to tail And No Kareens Vet did not say LUCIANO had lymphoma cancer email me so I can show you
      Kareen is lying to all of you of course she is What shes going to tell you REAL Dog Lovers shes a Dog Fighter and staves the Dogs at her facility she thinks are going to be there for a long period of time and uses them as Bait Dogs No shes going to act innocent and shes an old hag and she manipulates with that I was fooled by her old hag routine too
      Why would I make such accusations without proof and why would I just accuse Kareen and her henchman Jorge if someone in authority isn’t saying it first

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    • Toni Gonzalez
      Toni Gonzalez says:

      Slander email me I’ll show you whos been lying to you Kareen and Jorge are dog fighters Not of your guys beloved Bouviers no of the other dog breeds the ones people do dog fight Your going to have a rude awakening when Kareen is found guilty

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  8. Slander
    Slander says:

    Lady you are on a Witch Hunt and there’s a whole bunch of us that know what you’re doing! This kennel has a stellar record! STOP the BS and lies and be honest about it!

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    • Toni Gonzalez
      Toni Gonzalez says:

      Why would I be on a witch hunt obviously you don’t know the actions of dog fighters they have a good cover operation just like drug dealers Theres proof to what Im saying ask Kareen to show you where her Vet said LUCI has cancer she wont ask her to show you LUCI came to her in that condition she wont Okay sorry but you don’t know the real Kareen

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  9. Sam
    Sam says:

    Get your facts straight. Kareen would never abuse an animal or use it as bait. She showers love on her boarders as if they were her own dogs. This dog was a train wreck from the start and it’s hard for its owner to face the hard truth but this dog is suffering because of things way beyond Karen’s control. Stop harassing her and do something more productive with yours and your poor pup.

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    • Toni Gonzalez
      Toni Gonzalez says:

      San wheres the proof LUCI went to Kareen like that he did not Sam wheres the proof he had lymphoma cancer he does not Sam Kareen only loves her Bouvier but not other breeds sorry the proof is in when I sue her I wouldn’t be suing if it were just a lie and reporting to all facilities I would get in trouble by them for doing that if I was lying or LUCI’s Vet not saying he was used as a Bait Dog Kareen is going to be in business 30 years next year Really do you think this is her and Jorges first time doing this The Poor Dogs that have been killed by these two I will do my Very Best to Bring Justice for ALL the Dogs these to Evil Lumps of flesh hurt while in there care

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  10. Slander
    Slander says:

    Lies, Slander and a disregard for what is the truth! Exactly what is it you’re trying to prove by this? You know what you’re saying is untrue! You’re the one that needs to be sued!

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      • Toni Gonzalez
        Toni Gonzalez says:

        Jorge SHOW that what you and Kareen are saying is true You know your both liars and I don’t care how old you both are Im coming for the both of you for all the Dogs you both have killed an for what you guys did to my poor LUCIANO and you better be glad he survived

  11. Margo Campbell
    Margo Campbell says:

    Dogs loose teeth when they try to get out of secure kennels. Dogs lose weight when they have cancer. Dogs with aggressive temperaments do not improve in kennels. People with guilt complexes blame others for own failings. Slander and libel are huge misdemeanours

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    • Toni Gonzalez
      Toni Gonzalez says:

      Okay Margo why isn’t Jorge or Kareen suing me Im suing them and I have the proof to what Im saying theyre the ones that Don’t have the proof to what they are saying
      And LUCIANO’s teeth were broke by force in if he broke them on anything it would be broke out Sorry You too don’t know the real Kareen and he didn’t starve himself and I sent his food Every month and treats why would I do that if Kareen said hes sick and not eating okay i’ll say anything Im going to use against them in court because I have the proof

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      • Jorge Rodriguez
        Jorge Rodriguez says:

        I’m sorry Tony but you have nothing, neither me or Kareen are like you, you have been lying , we have lots of customers and rescue groups who know us and are ready to support us, we don’t really care what you say, you have nothing.

      • Toni Gonzalez
        Toni Gonzalez says:

        We”ll see old man we:ll see and Your super straight the two of you are NOT like me I’m a REAL Animal Lover You two are Animal Abusers

      • Hate Liars
        Hate Liars says:

        Toni, what is your problem? Why are you so full of hate? Are you really that desperate for money that you want to sue some thing you will loose and cost you even more money that you don’t have? Yes it’s sad that Luci got injured, but it was an accident, and accident DO happen and all the things you are saying isn’t true. Do you really think destroying some ones reputation will make Luci feel better? Think about your own reputation. Putting your name out there and people seeing you as a liar, is that what you really want? Kareen was willing to pay half of the vet Bill from her vet. Just take it and be done with it. Spreading lies doesn’t make you look good and it doesn’t help Luci. Instead of wasting your time here chasing a ghost, do what you can for Luci and help him get a good home. After all, it’s all about helping a dog and not about helping you.I’m sure Kareen won’t sue you if you just stop slandering her, but if you are keeping it up, then you are forcing her to do so. So it’s basically your choice. Just move on and help the dog. Get the gofundme going *without slander* and move on with your life. There is enough hate in this world, don’t be part of it and be the better person.

      • Toni
        Toni says:

        Hate Liars
        What are you talking about who Started speaking lies first I got on here after Jorges lies and What are you talking about “desperate for money” what money did I get You mean Kareen who’s go fund me has over 4000 and she’s not even the one suing anyone She didn’t give me a dime for anything I’ve paid for and just Bcuz I’ll win my case doesn’t mean I’ll see a dime so Why don’t you stop commenting on what you really have no clue what’s going on I will bring Jorge and Kareen down for all the dogs they’ve done this to Like I said Kareens in business for 30 years next year do you as a logical person Really think this is her and Jorges first time abusing an Animal No I don’t think so and I’ll be sure and let the judge know all that was said here and we’ll see what happens I’m not scared of anything and I know I have Justice on mine and LUCI side aand I do care about LUCI why do you think I got him and paid everything for him I didn’t count on that Evil Animal Abuser and I’m still not I’ll make sure I post the outcome I’m sure all you that believe Kareens lies would want to know although Not a one of emailed me to see the truth but that’s okay The truth will be judge soon enough Thank you for trying to think of LUCI he can’t speak for himself so I have to do it for him

      • Jorge Rodriguez
        Jorge Rodriguez says:

        Toni, you are the most ridiculous person I know, we have never done any dog fighting, stop your stupid lies.

  12. Theresa
    Theresa says:

    In the end the courts will decide who’s right and who’s wrong. In the meantime poor Luci was the one who had to endure all this suffering. I hope Luci heals and can find the home of his dreams. This baby deserves so much!! Lots of love for Luci and hope he finds all the love and happiness he deserves with no more pain and suffering for the rest of his precious life!!!!!!

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    • Toni
      Toni says:

      Thank You Theresa Thank You so much and Yes your Right LUCI was the one who suffered and still is He’s not done with his surgeries yet and his little leg won’t be the same and he won’t have any front teeth He still has a big bite bruise now on his back I know he’ll be okay but IT’S SOOOOOOO SAD to think of what My poor Baby went through at the hands of Kareen and Jorge

      Thank You so much for caring LUCI Needs that now

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      • Theresa
        Theresa says:

        It just breaks my heart to know how much this baby has been through! Hope he heals mentally and physically! Would love to see updates on how he’s doing!! Would love to hear that this baby has had his great happy ending!!!

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