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Courage Gains 10 Pounds; Owner Released on Bail

There's good news and bad news. The good news is that Courage has gained nearly 10 pounds since April 7, when he was brought --...

Maria Goodavage  |  Apr 20th 2010


There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that Courage has gained nearly 10 pounds since April 7, when he was brought — nearly dead from 5 weeks of starvation — to animal authorities. Thanks to a robust appetite, and feedings every three to four hours, the German Shepherd’s weight is now 46 pounds — just over half of what he probably should weigh.

Kimberly Nizato has been released on bail

In not-so-good news (at least Dogsters may not like it). Kimberly Nizato, the 26-year-old vet tech owner of Courage, is now out on bail while she awaits the next step in what is sure to be a lengthy legal proceding.

Courage, whose name was Bosco during his time with Nizato, is still fighting to regain his strength. “He really can’t get up. We help him up to stand and walk. He’s very weak, his muscles are so atrophied,” veterinarian Bill Grant said in an AP report.

Courage is not out of the woods yet. It may take another couple of weeks for Grant to be sure the 3-year-old dog’s internal organs will recover and Courage will survive. If his survival mentality — which had him eating dirt and rocks when nothine else was available — is an indicator, he will be fine.