Keane Drops Lawsuit, Issues Thanks to Shelter

Healdsburg chef Douglas Keane says Cash's "prospects already bright" at King's Kastle.


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."

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Moral Conflict December 07, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Profanity removed.
Moral Conflict December 07, 2011 at 06:48 PM
“Captured the public eye”….. Please…. Its just what Doug wanted! I think the whole lawsuit thing is downright pathetic, and just a showing of aggression from Keane. I am sure a donation to the shelter, in the amount of whatever his attorney charged him, would have cleared it all up much faster, and been more productive in the long run. Maybe Keane should take some classes at Kings Castle also. Learn how not to bite at people who will occasionally “pull his tail” It’s a fact of life, I’m sure this wont be the last time. As for cash… I am glad he will be given a second chance, and you know what they say, a dog will reflect its owner, and with both Keane & Cash showing aggressive tendencies, maybe this isn’t the best outcome after all. I just hope that the dog doesn’t mangle some poor little kid who tries to pet him. Still think it didn’t need to be daily articles on here drawing out the whole story all filled with drama. Keane, have you ever adopted a dog before?? Been thru the process??? Ever spent any time working at a shelter??? My guess is No, No and No. I have never worked at the shelter, or adopted a dog from there, (almost once) but I will tell you that I personally have great respect for those people, who dedicate their lives to the welfare of animals, and have more compassion in general than most other people. Keane…. Wish you and Cash the best of luck.
In the Know December 08, 2011 at 02:22 AM
Wow, you really need to work at a shelter then re-read your comments here. How can you be so full of opinions when you've had no experience? Sadly, you need a reality check.  However, I do agree with the last portion of your statement and that I too, am very grateful to the people who dedicate their lives to the welfare of animals and that they seem to have more compassion than most & I wholeheartedly wish Cash & Keane the best of luck.
Shannon December 09, 2011 at 06:10 PM
So now that Mr. Keane and the original behaviorist that seemed to keep her name out of this whole thing, oops, sorry, change of plans. The public is giving up her name, Valerie Fausone. The woman that got everyone she could all stirred up about this. Let's really look at the damage Valerie Fausone has done in getting what she wanted. Her moment of fame and some PR for her new business and rescue up at the I refuse to say it, the place that Cash is at...Tell me Miss Fausone, how many of these dogs that you have assessed have bitten people? 5 at Healdsburg? How many at Petaluma? Someone in the audience want to tell us? I noticed on the "Save Cash" Facebook Page that Cash bit a dog. So did you do the original assessment on him too? How many dogs are you going to send out from your new facility and rescue under the guise that they are safe? Maybe you should tag all dogs from your new rescue with a warning label "Warning, please have your dog checked by another evaluator after leaving here" Really Ms. Fausone, you stirred up all this anger towards the Healdsburg Shelter and staff, when it was you that created these problems. Why don't you come clean and fess up to how many dogs you have sic on the public that have bitten children/adults/other dogs? You have no credentials. You were just a volunteer at some Shelters and you gave yourself a fancy title! You owe Healdsburg Shelter and their staff an apology, but I doubt you even know how to do that, do you?
Shannon December 09, 2011 at 07:21 PM
The above comment was posted originally by 'Bob', and then it was removed. I reposted it because it hit the nail on the head. It terrifies me and many other people that someone like Valerie is placing dogs in the public.
Ruth Johnson December 10, 2011 at 05:56 AM
Shannon is not alone in being concerned about Valerie placing or evaluating dogs, especially now that she has started her new Green Dog Rescue Project, which happens to be at the same address as Kings Kastle, which is not a coincidence. Just connect the dots and follow them to her connection with those speaking out against the Healdsburg Shelter in recent articles. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Greendog-Rescue-Project/178415342251771?sk=info "Greendog Rescue Project is a cutting-edge, training and behavior based dog rescue format using cage free shelter, positive dog socialization/rehabilitation/training applications and techniques, professional adoption counseling, adoption follow up, community education including classes for the public, animals shelter volunteers/staff at low to no cost. We will use every available technology to manage our animal population, market them via social media and stay connected to our larger community. We welcome all breeds and do not discriminate against any animal based on how a dog "looks." Our non-profit aspires to be a national model of excellence." Address 1215 S. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, CA 95425 · Get Directions Phone 707-894-5785
Henry December 11, 2011 at 06:11 PM
I'm glad the truth is finally coming out about Valerie Fausone . She did everything she could to ruin another non profit and created a worse situation there with dogs. She actually comes from that organization and never rescued dogs with behavior problems or had dog training skills at all until she became a volunteer with that Sonoma Co. organization, which advertises her dogs every week in the PD. Someone should get ahold of the person that runs that organization and see what they have to say
Lisa Hadley December 13, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Since many of you seem to be concerned about the dogs at the Healdsburg Animal Shelter perhaps you should pay a little more attention about how they are being treated in-house. Do you approve of spraying dogs in the face with water hoses to stop them from barking? It's cold enough these days without being all wet. Do you approve of already stressed animals being muzzled to stop them from barking? Do you approve of the ED's new policy of not allowing the scared and lonely ones from interacting with their previously approved dog volunteers because they don't want the public getting too attached? Why? These type tactics are not de-stresing but making for aggression and fear where there was none? And since the management in charge at the shelter and on the Board do not seem to "notice" or care (?) external agency investigations have been started into these and other issues. So pay attention to the animals you all seem to care so much about... The Healdsburg Animal Shelter is supposed to be a "shelter" for Healdsburg's homeless animals,, not a one stop out the back door.
Mickey December 18, 2011 at 04:20 PM
I love small town politics!


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