Cleveland kidnapping victim Gina DeJesus reunited with dog from Seymour Avenue house

CLEVELAND - Gina DeJesus was reunited with a dog she bonded with during her years in captivity in a Seymour Avenue house.

DeJesus was 14 years old when she disappeared while walking home from Wilbur Wright Middle School in 2004. Police said for nearly a decade she was held by Ariel Castro in his house on Cleveland's west side with Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight.

The three missing woman were found alive on May 6 and have since returned to their families. Animal control officers also seized three small dogs from Castro's property.

Earlier this week, DeJesus's attorney reached out to Cleveland's Animal Control Services about Castro's Shih Tzu-mix named LaLa. The kidnapping victim said she wanted to give the dog a permanent home.

On Friday, LaLa's foster family returned her to the City of Cleveland Kennel, where she was picked up by DeJesus's attorney.


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All three dogs, including a Chihuahua and another Shih Tzu-mix, were spayed or neutered at the Cleveland Animal Protective League. The dogs appeared healthy and friendly, and were placed with foster homes by the local rescue group Dogs Unlimited.

The two remaining pups are up for adoption. For more information, go to www.dogsunlimitedrescue.org

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