A severely neglected dog, who was picked up as a stray and then taken to the Harris County Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas, may be returned to his owner. The dog, dubbed Gabe, arrived at the facility last week and was taken under the wing of the Reggie’s Friends rescue group.
Because the official stray hold was not up when the rescue stepped in, the group does not have full ownership of the neglected dog. According to Click 2 Houston News, someone claiming to be the dog’s owner has come forward and the person apparently wants the dog back.
On November 20, the rescue group addressed the concerning situation:
Judge Emmett has ruled that Gabe must be returned to the shelter for possible identification from the potential owner once he is healthy enough to leave the vet clinic. We are *crushed* by this decision and really thought we were going to be able to bring him home after we got him healthy. Thank you all for fighting for Gabe, I’m not really sure where we go from here…
For now, Gabe is still receiving veterinary treatment for his multitude of health issues, including parasites and skin infections. According to the rescue, the person who allegedly owns Gabe has claimed that the dog was missing for months before being picked up as a stray…because of the claim, there is no investigation into abuse or cruelty.
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