PORTLAND – A court date has been set for Oct. 29 over custody of an overweight Dachshund from Oregon made famous on NBC's "Today" and other national and regional news shows.
Gordie Duckler, an attorney for Oregon Dachshund Rescue contends Obie was donated by a Puyallup, Washington pet owner who had been unable to care for him. He outlines the case on the Oregon Dachshund Rescue Facebook page.
The pet agency was technically the owner of the dog when they put it in the foster care of Nora Vanatta.
In Oregon Dachshund Rescue's October/November newsletter, they called her "a perfect fit" for the dog and said she was working to slim him down by 40 pounds.
They said Obie was safely dropping about 2 lbs. a week under her guidance, and added that he would be available for adoption if she decided not to adopt him.
The group now accuses Vanatta of “sensationalistic promotional value of his unusual obesity, earning money off of his public exhibition on national and regional television shows,” while not taking care of his condition.
The rescue group has asked the Washington County Circuit Court to formally order deputies to seize the dog and return him.
Vanatta could not be reached for comment.