Her picture chasing a pickup truck down a busy highway after being abandoned at a gas station went viral a couple of months ago. And now the dog has found a new home.
Shortly after the incident, The Humane Society of Louisiana was able to track down and get custody of Butterbean the missing dog, who they described as a “sweet German Shepherd mix”.
Then the Humane Society had to pay $400 to take Butterbean from her “quasi-owner”, the organization’s director, Jeff Dorson, said at the time, before adding that the dog is now in the hands of a new owner. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. The dog, who became famous when she was pictured chasing after a pickup truck whose driver abandoned her at a gas station in Slidell, Louisiana, has found a new home (here Butterbean the dog is pictured with new owner Guy Lawrence-Edenheimer).
2. Butterbean is pictured after she was rescued (image source: Humane Society of Louisiana).
Guy Lawrence-Edenheimer, a 65-year-old retired musician from Antioch, Illinois, is now Butterbean’s proud owner.
Dorson said that the Humane Society received dozens of applications from all over the country to adopt the dog, but “no one expressed more enthusiasm to be Butterbean’s new caretaker” than Lawrence-Edenheimer.
The musician revealed that his dog Rocky died on March 17 last year and he learned about Butterbean, who looks like Rocky, on the very same day this year.
So on May 18, he drove from Illinois to Mississippi to collect Butterbean, who had been getting medical treatment at a local animal shelter and the two bonded immediately.
Lawrence-Edenheimer added that Butterbean always follows him around at their home and joins him when he goes out with his car.
Butterbean was found after she was lost in March on Highway 11 in Slidell, Louisiana, but her owner Lisa Pearson evidently did not want to give her up, despite often leaving the dog alone to roam the neighborhood, according to Humane Society’s director Jeff Dorson.
3. Laurie Hollis captured the heartbreaking moment a German Shepherd desperately chased after the owner who abandoned her at a gas station on the side of a road in Slidell, Louisiana.
4. Butterbean at the vet’s office with Dr. Riedel (image source: Humane Society of Louisiana).
The Humane Society said in a statement at the time that when the dog was found, Pearson “intended to keep the dog tethered outside” and added that local animal control officials issued her a warning.
Eventually, the owner agreed to release Butterbean for $400, instead of taking her to a shelter or vet, according to the Humane Society. Dorson said:
We certainly don’t like to reward this kind of behavior, but sometimes it simply takes too long for cases to move through the legal system.
Our first concern was Butterbean’s safety. We were convinced she could be let loose again to run in traffic at any time, and we might miss our opportunity to intervene.
5. The Humane Society of Louisiana was able to track down and get custody of Butterbean the missing dog, who is described as a “sweet German Shepherd mix” (image source: Humane Society of Louisiana).
6. Butterbean was then being cared for at the Furry Friends Animal Hospital in Harvey, Louisiana (image source: Humane Society of Louisiana).
The Humane Society explained that, by claiming ownership, Pearson’s family may still be responsible for violating several ordinances relating to the dog’s behavior.
Butterbean was being cared for at the Furry Friends Animal Hospital in Harvey, Louisiana, before being put up for adoption.
The Humane Society had launched a new campaign titled “Butterbean Buddies”, to “help reach more deserving dogs in need”, the organization said. Dorson added:
We’re delighted that this story will have a happy ending.
7. Laurie Hollis snapped the now-famous photograph, after she saw a man drop off the dog on Highway 11 (pictured) and yelled at his pet to “Go! Go over there!” The dog then gave chase after the truck drove off.
8. “Abandoned” dog chasing pickup to be put up for adoption — an ABC News report.
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