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Jan 25, 2013 8:30 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

Stray Pit bull looking for a home runs into a snag

"To be an older dog that is part pit bull, I just did not like the odds he had of coming out of there or being pulled by a shelter," said Jennie Arambel, "so I figured you know he can just sleep in the kennel and I'll take care of him until I figure something out."

A local dog lover tries to help a stray Pit bull.

But you might be surprised by what animal control says she did wrong.

Thursday night we brought you the story of Chico, a stray Pit bull who was found tied to a bench outside a Los Osos grocery store.

The woman who found him is doing everything she can to find a home for the dog.

After being contacted by Shadow's Fund, a pet adoption agency in Lompoc, she's taking the steps to find Chico a permanent home.

However, county animal services said she has one more step to make it all legal.

According to animal services, state law requires when a stray animal is found, it must be turned over to county animal control for five days.
The reason for this is to allow enough time for the original owner to come and pick up their dog.

Once the five days have passed, anyone can adopt the dog.

But, in this case, Arambel, the woman who found Chico, says she thought she had covered all her bases and had no idea she'd have turn Chico over to animal services before finding him a home.

In this instance, she thought she was just being helpful. But in actuality she was about to break the law.

"If somebody places an animal before they really have a legal claim in doing that, or legal claim on the ownership of it, and if an owner comes forward later, they can challenge the animal being placed," said Animal Services Manager Eric Anderson, "that can really cause a lot of problems for everybody in terms of trying to define where the animal really belongs now."

According to Arambel, she is working with Shadow's Fund, which plans to take ownership of the dog after the waiting period at animal control.
After that, the agency will do an extensive search to find Chico's new owners.

In order for an animal to be deemed adoptable, he must pass a health exam from a veterinarian and a behavior test. Earlier today, Chico passed his health exam pending blood work, and only needs to pass the behavior test in order to the adoption process to move forward.

If you are interested in adopting Chico, you can contact Shadow's fund, we've put a link to their website on ksby.com.

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