AUSTIN, Texas — On May 21 a Great Pyrenees named LuLu escaped from her daycare at Reunion Rescue. She was picked up by Austin Animal Center (AAC) and her picture was quickly posted to their website. What followed was a month-long confusing ordeal that involved social media threats from anti-Pitbull groups, alleged mishandling by AAC and fear that LuLu had been returned to her abusive owners.
Reunion Rescue was desperate to get LuLu back into their care but AAC refused. Chris Noble, the acting AAC director, went so far as to threaten Reunion Rescue with jail time when they requested to meet with LuLu. Reunion Rescue’s director, Cindy Marabito, even presented ownership papers and veterinarian bills. The AAC still refused a meeting with Marabito and the original owner of LuLu and refused to file a cruelty report.
A public attack on Reunion Rescue by anti-Pitbull groups began to appear on the AAC Facebook page. At the same time, several mysterious Facebook pages appeared with the names, “LuLu is reunited with her family.” This frightened Reunion Rescue to the point where they needed to enlist the help of Pete Reid Law to get to the bottom of the situation.
After several weeks of investigating, one of the people who allegedly had LuLu began posting online that LuLu had a heart-worm infestation and that they were considering euthanization. Reunion Rescue are adamant when they say that Lulu did not have heart-worms while in their care. They feared she was going to be put down for no reason.
Pete Reid Law went straight to work and the next 24 hours were very crucial. The law firm issued a restraining order, which Reunion Rescue posted to Facebook since the AAC refused to reveal the name that had been on Lulu’s microchip. Suddenly Mr. Reid received a call from a woman who seemed a little frantic. She wanted to hand LuLu over but would only do it at a “drop off” and “pick up” location. She would leave LuLu at a local pet resort and then Reunion Rescue could come pick LuLu up.
That night LuLu was back at Reunion Rescue eating a delicious bowl of chicken and tripe. She was as healthy as ever and, as suspected, LuLu did not have heart-worms.
There are many questions that still haven’t been answered about what really happened to LuLu. It is doubtful anyone will know who took her, where she was hidden and why they had refused to give her back.