TOLEDO (WTVG) - This was an emotional day for Britni Wilson-Carleton. She is one of the founders of The Compassionate Village. She has been waiting for this day for months.
The story starts on a cold January night, but a new chapter for Gabe started this week.
The German Shepherd Dog was seized by Toledo Police, and he's been cared for by the Toledo-based rescue group The Compassionate Village.
A concerned citizen notified Britni about Gabe. She then called Toledo Police. Gabe was found in an enclosure behind a home on Bronson Place with no no food, water or adequate shelter. Everyone who was there describes it as a bone-chilling cold night.
The case took months to work through the court system. Anthony Flunder was Gabe's owner. He was found guilty of animal cruelty last month. He will be on probation for three years, and he cannot own or have contact with animals during that time. He was also ordered to forfeit the dog. His wife surrendered her rights to the dog. All of that cleared the path for Gabe to officially become part of The Compassionate Village and be put up for adoption.
If you're interested in adopting Gabe, applications are now being taken. If you can't adopt him., but would like to help the rescue continue its work, we've posted links.