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Tussle over Katrina dog winds up in court

Oct. 28, 2006 at 4:13 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A court battle is under way in Florida over ownership of a dog that was evacuated from Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Steve and Dorreen Couture of St. Bernard Parish, La., want the dog they believe is their Saint Bernard, Master Tank, returned to them by Pam Bondi, who adopted the canine from an animal shelter in Pinellas, Fla., the St. Petersburg Times said.

The case could come down to a toenail that had been removed from the dog prior to the storm. The Times said the paperwork filled out during the evacuation noted that the big dog had had a toenail removed; Bondi insists that Noah, the refugee she adopted, had all of his nails intact.

The plaintiff's lawyer contends the paperwork is misleading.

The hearing resumes Monday.

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