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As we know, there is a fierce custody battle over Obie the Obese Dachshund. Yesterday in court, a judge decided that Obie is to stay in his current foster home with foster mom Nora Vanatta - he will not be returned to Oregon Dachshund Rescue (ODR) - for now. A lack of paperwork and contracts seems to be at the center of the decision.
ODR will continue their efforts to get Obie back, as the case will go to full litigation, possibly even a trial.
While we feel that Obie is getting the best of care with his foster mom, and that he is probably better off with her for now, we do understand some of the concerns that ODR has. While we don't see that the national television shows that Obie appeared on were "sensationalistic," we were honestly a bit shocked that Obie was allowed to travel across the country in the condition that he was in - something that ODR may have originally agreed to. But ODR was not aware that he would be traveling in cargo on the long plane rides. This may not have been the best decision for Obie.
In the meantime - all of this will work out in the courts, and we ask that dog lovers everywhere relax and take a deep breath. Comments such as this one on ODR's facebook page are simply uncalled for: "You and your sleazy, ambulance chasing lawyer should crawl back into the hole you came out of."
Let's just remember that the Obie's well-being is really what's important right now. He's actually pretty lucky - folks are fighting over him to give him the best of care - all dogs in need should have such a dilemma.
Keep up with Obie on his Facebook Page.
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