PORTLAND – A court date has been set for Oct. 29 over custody of an overweight Dachsund 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 Dachsund Rescue Facebook page.
The pet agency was technically the owner of the dog when they put it in the foster care of Nora Vanatta.
They now accuse her 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.