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Disfigured Hutto Dog To Remain At Shelter
A victory for Victory? The Hutto dog with the missing nose won't be returning to her owners. A judge has ruled Victory remain in the care of Austin Pets Alive.
After a grueling four-hour hearing, a Hutto municipal court judge decided the bearded collie would be better off being put up for adoption. But Victory's road to recovery is far from over.
"Were happy to have this resolved," said Dr. Ellen Jefferson.
Jefferson is APA's executive director. She is thrilled with the court's decision to turn the disfigured dog over to the care of shelter.
"It's very good that we have custody of her now," said Jefferson.
Hutto Police Chief Peter Sheets doesn't believe Victory's owners provided her with "adequate care."
"Our sense was the dog should've received better medical care," said Sheets.
The judge hearing the custody case agreed. According to court documents, Judge Lucas Wilson determined the owners made an unreasonable decision to "wean her off of medication without consulting a veterinarian or going back to see what could be done."
That decision possibly resulted in her nose falling off.
"Generally there's an underlying cause to that, an infection," said Jefferson.
KEYE TV tried talking to Victory's former owners but no one answered the door at their Hutto home.
Victory remains in foster care until she's ready for adoption. Jefferson says she's working with a dermatologist and surgeon to come up with a long-term treatment plan.
"We don't think this is something that will ever be cured," said Jefferson.
But even her chronic medical condition won't keep Victory down for long.
"She's turning into a really happy dog, a really playful dog," said foster mom Wendy Wright.
Hutto police tell KEYE TV Victory's owners could still face criminal charges.
Anyone interested in adopting Victory should contact APA.
By Alex Boyer