Obie the obese dachshund is back in the news. Only it's not his lovable rolls or shrinking waistline getting him ink. Rather, the mammoth mutt finds himself at the center of what has all the makings of a contentious custody battle, and perhaps a victim of his own fame.
Before long, Obie - whose previous owners were sick and elderly, and apparently had a habit of showing Obie affection via Kibbles 'n Bits - was on a diet and had a Facebook page, and the national fame soon followed.
But now, trouble is brewing. And, as KATU News in Portland reports, that trouble comes courtesy of a lawsuit filed by Oregon Dachshund Rescue owner Jenell Rangan, who says Obie belongs to her.
Yes, we have an obese dachshund custody battle on our hands.
As KATU reports:
Vanatta told KATU News there was never any paperwork or verbal agreement exchanged between the two parties about Obie's ownership. She said she doesn't believe Obie is now hers, but she doesn't think Oregon Dachshund Rescue has a claim to him either.
Jenell Rangan did not agree to a formal interview with KATU News, but said she believes Obie belongs to her and Vanatta is not providing good care.
Vanatta tells KATU that Obie has lost 15 pounds in the last two months, and that's she's raised thousands of dollars in donations from Obie's new fans and supporters.
For the record, obese dachshunds who haven't raised thousands of dollars from supporters are rarely the subjects of custody battles.