Local business steps in to help return Annie
August 20, 2010
Cloud Star, a company that manufactures and markets natural pet products, announced Friday that they will give $1,000 to the people who currently have the Australian shepherd if they agree to return the dog to Chuck Hoage of Arroyo Grande.
If those same people end up adopting a new dog from an animal shelter, Cloud Star will donate an additional $1000 to the shelter.
“We are passionate about animals and responsible pet ownership,” said Cloud Star co-founder Jennifer Melton. “We’re making this settlement offer in an attempt to resolve the complex issue surrounding Annie.”
Meanwhile, supporters of Hoage are gathering outside the County Courthouse on Monterey Street next Tuesday, Aug. 24. at noon. Hoage will be there to thank the community for their ongoing support in a case that has attracted Internet attention from as far away as England.
District 3 Supervisor Adam Hill, who has become the county’s point person on the issue, said in a radio interview Thursday that the people who currently have the dog are out of town until September 1. Hill hopes to meet with them in early September to explore ways of returning Annie to Hoage.