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Lobo spent three weeks in county custody quarantined in a four-by-16-foot steel kennel. He was never petted or played with or allowed outside.
His name was not included on the animal shelter kennel card. For those three weeks, he was Animal No. A082342.
When Erik Frazier visited Lobo, the kennel was filled with feces. He learned from talking with a county employee that many of the other dogs warehoused there were involved in bloody attacks.
"The boxer beside him tackled a kid on Halloween and ate his face off," Erik Frazier says. "Every dog in there is vicious. Lobo doesn't fit in."
Last Wednesday, when the Fraziers received temporary custody of Lobo, they trotted him around to their neighbors and thanked them for their support. Rosalyn Frazier says she made a point to pass in front of the Calk residence, but the family wasn't home.
The Calks and Lisa Luttrell could not be reached for comment on Lobo's release back into their neighborhood.
Rosalyn Frazier says Lobo lost as much as 15 pounds while in county custody.
"That first night he came home, he just ate and ate and ate and ate like he hadn't eaten at all," she says.
Last week, the Fraziers suspended their Web site and Geiser deleted his MySpace account. Still, Geiser denies any wrongdoing.
"It's my personal Web page. I have not used any county equipment for the page. I don't know what the fascination is with it."
Constable Holifield says the investigations into Geiser remain open.
Holifield says the Lobo case marked the first time he had ever intervened to save a dog from being euthanized when the owners had fully complied with state law.
Last week, assistant county attorney Ray Johnson and the Fraziers' attorney, Dan Madeley, negotiated a deal to return full custody of Lobo back to his owners.
On February 5, in a hearing that lasted four minutes, Montgomery County Court Judge Jerry Winfree made it official.
"I'm just so glad it's over," said Rosalyn Frazier after the hearing.
Holifield insists that neither the discovery of Geiser's MySpace page nor the heated comments posted on savelobo.com had anything to do with it.
"As far as being threatened or coerced or blackmailed into releasing Lobo, that's not the case," he says.
So how is it that a beloved family dog that never bit or attacked anybody was almost destroyed? Where exactly did the screwup occur?
Did Masden, the justice of the peace, overreach in his decision to euthanize Lobo?
"It's always easy to armchair-quarterback anything anybody does," Holifield says. "I will never put myself in a position to judge a judge."
Was Geiser too hasty or somehow biased in issuing the order to impound Lobo?
"Animal control sometimes gets caught up in neighborhood squabbles, but our goal is not to choose sides," Holifield says. "They get drawn into it because one party or another will use them to get even with somebody.
"Did that happen in this particular case? I can't say."