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Katrina dog may land closer to owner

April E. Clark
AP Photo/Courtesy Sue Schmidt via the Aspen Daily Sue Schmidt, shown here in Silt, rescued Buster after Hurricane Katrina seperated the dog from his owners.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Colorado Animal Rescue has announced its plans to place Buster, a rescued dog from Hurricane Katrina, closer to his owner.Buster – a German shepherd mix who gained national attention since he bit the agency’s director, Leslie Rockey, in October – will be relocated to Camp Wolfgang, a rescue shelter in near Dallas.

Camp Wolfgang is approximately 30 minutes from where Angelo Kingvalsky – who owns Buster with his 81-year-old mother – is living in temporary housing, the press release said. Before Kingvalsky was found, there were fears Buster would be put to sleep because the biting incident made him unadoptable. “Angelo has not authorized this, but we are waiting to hear back from him,” said Connie Baker, vice president of the animal rescue board. “We think this is such an awesome opportunity for Buster and his owner.”Buster may fly to Dallas in a private jet donated through an individual in Snowmass, Baker said. “(Camp Wolfgang) is a shelter that is a long-term facility,” Baker said. “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 by the relocation plans.Schmidt, who recently withdrew her lawsuit to obtain custody of Buster, said Kingvalsky had hired an attorney.”He wants me to care for his dog. That’s what he’s wanted since he was found,” Schmidt said. “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.”Vail, Colorado

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