How sickening people are, but how amazing animals can be. “Courage” is the name of a dog who was unlucky enough to be owned by a young woman who allegedly starved him. He was rescued, clinging to life and at half his weight, in the aging Los Angeles suburb of Bellflower.

The Southeast Area Animal Control Authority put out word today that 26-year-old Kimberly Nizato, who works part-time as a technician at a veterinary hospital, is under arrest.

How is this possible, that a vet technician could do this? According to City News Service:

Animal control officials said Nizato kept the dog — who was known as Bosco but has now been nicknamed Courage — in an airplane animal

carrier in her garage. It was unknown exactly how long the dog went without food, Reyes

said. The animal was starving and weighed only about half of its normal weight

when found. “But clearly this poor guy hadn't eaten for several weeks,'' Reyes


The dog is recovering at Community Veterinary Hospital in Garden Grove. It seems likely he will be adopted by his rescuers.

If you have any information on this baffling case, the agency has released a contact

number and the name of a captain handling the investigation: Capt. Aaron Reyes can be reached at (562) 824-3291 (cell) or (562) 803-3301, ext. 223.

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