Healdsburg restaurateur Douglas Keane said Tuesday he is satisfied with the resolution of the and is dropping his lawsuit.
"Over the weekend, Healdsburg Animal Shelter agreed to transfer ownership of the dog to King's Kastle," Keane's attorney Rex Grady said in a statement Tuesday afternoon, reprinted below.
where his prospects are already looking very bright."
Keane, chef-owner at the Michelin two-star in Healdsburg and a certified dog trainer, expressed gratitude to the people in the community who supported his efforts.
"This support has convinced him that the world is full of compassionate people who care about the welfare of lost, abused and abandoned dogs," the statement said.
Keane also expressed hope and faith that the , which was uncovered during the controversy with Cash.
Following is the text of the Keane's statement from attorney Grady of the Edgar Law Firm in Santa Rosa:
"For a week now, a controversy has captured the public eye. The controvery has involved the fate of the dog Cash. Douglas Keane and King's Kastle filed a lawsuit in an effort to gain legal possession of the dog. Mr. Keane and King's Kastle feared that the dog would soon be euthanized. They also wished to provide Cash with more intensive socialziing so that he would be fit for adoption.
"The controversy is now ended. Over the weekend, Healdsburg Animal Shelter agreed to transfer ownership of the dog to King's Kastle. Cash is now settling in at the King's Kastle facility in Windsor, where his prospects are already looking very bright.
"Mr. Keane is gratified by this outcome. He commends the Healdsburg Animal Shelter for working constructively through the dispute over the dog. Though he and the Healdsburg Animal Shelter have not seen eye-to-eye on how best to handle Cash, there is no question that it is committed to the welfare of animals. The Shelter's decision to release Cash is one example of this commitment.
"As indicated by recent press reports, there may still be unresolved problems at the Shelter, but these problems are just as solvable as the problems related to Cash.
"Mr. Keane is very grateful to the many persons who supported him and encouraged him in his effort to move Cash from the Healdsburg Animal Shelter to King's Kastle. This support has convinced him that the world is full of compassionate people who care about the welfare of lost, abused and abandoned dogs.
"In light of the release of Cash to King's Kastle, the lawsuit filed last week will be dismissed."