Zelda, who was abandoned by Frank Shamrock at a Dallas airport, has a new home. The six-year-old Labrador Retriever was adopted from the SPCA of Texas last week by a family who had a ‘Pet Alert’ set-up for an animal matching Zelda’s age and breed.
Writing on Facebook, SPCA of Texas reported that the couple who adopted Zelda “couldn’t be more pleased” and that they “fell in love with her instantly.”
“Zelda’s going to be adored and pampered for the rest of her life and we couldn’t be happier for her!!” continued the post, which added that “affectionate girl” Zelda was in good health and spirits despite what she had been through.
A few weeks ago Zelda was discovered tied up in the back of a pick-up truck at Dallas’ Love Field Airport. Police say that Zelda, who was left with some food and water, had been in the truck for 5 days.
Zelda was previously owned by the mother of former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock. Shamrock is accused of abandoning Zelda in the truck before flying from Texas back to his home in California.
Shamrock has admitted to both local news and TMZ that he left Zelda behind. He stated that he resorted to leaving Zelda in the truck because he could not find her a new home, or no-kill shelter, before he had to leave the city. Shamrock said he was in Dallas helping his mother move and that she was no longer able to take care of Zelda or another dog she owned.
Shamrock said he was able to find a home for his mother’s other dog before allegedly abandoning Zelda. Shamrock said to WFAA news that it was an “unfortunate and terrible thing” and that he “ran away crying”.
According to ABC 12 news a police investigation into Shamrock is ongoing. That outlet reported that Shamrock was under suspicion of “abandoning an animal without making reasonable arrangements for assumption of custody by another person.” If police proceed, Shamrock could face Class A misdemeanor charge of cruelty to a non-livestock animal.
The U.S. Humane Society advises anyone who witnesses suspected animal cruelty to call your local animal control agency as soon as possible or dial 9-1-1. These agencies are required by law to investigate alleged acts of animal cruelty. Alternatively you can contact the Humane Society’s Animal Rescue Team online.
If you are unsure about what constitutes an act of animal cruelty, the Humane Society’s definitions can be found here.
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