CLEVELAND -- Cleveland's Animal Control says Shih-Tzu/Terrier mix named "Lala" from Ariel Castro's Seymour home is now with Gina DeJesus.
DeJesus developed a bond with LaLa and an attorney representing DeJesus contacted Cleveland's Animal Control Services this week to request assistance in reuniting Lala with DeJesus who wanted to give her a permanent home.
Chief Animal Control Officer John Baird spoke with the attorney and willingly agreed to honor that request. Lala was returned to the City of Cleveland Kennel Friday from foster care and picked up by the attorney at 1 p.m. Friday.
Following the arrest of Ariel Castro, Cleveland's Division of Animal Control Services responded to West 32nd Street and Clark Avenue for two dogs in a car that was driven by Ariel Castro. The Animal Control Officer retrieved two Chihuahuas and returned them to the City of Cleveland Kennel.
It was later learned that one of the dogs was not Ariel Castro's and was returned to its owner. Animal Control Services also responded to 2207 Seymour Avenue and retrieved one male and one female (Lala) Shih-Tzu/Terrier mix breeds. All three dogs were in relatively good health and seemed friendly.
They were cared for and received microchips by Animal Control Services staff and sent to the Cleveland Animal Protective League to be spayed/neutered and given a general health exam before returning to the City of Cleveland Kennel.
Dogs Unlimited, a local rescue group based in Pepper Pike, volunteered to foster the dogs until permanent homes were determined for them.
Chief Baird and the Animal Control Services staff are grateful to Dogs Unlimited and everyone who assisted in the care of these dogs, and pleased to help reunite Lala and DeJesus.
The two remaining dogs will be adopted out through Dogs Unlimited to good homes.
For more information, please visit www.dogsunlimitedrescue.org