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No Way! Ex-UFC Fighter Frank Shamrock Could Be Charged With Dog Cruelty

Former UFC Fighter Frank Shamrock Dog Abuse Allegations
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Mar. 23 2019, Updated 10:13 p.m. ET

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Former UFC fighter Frank Shamrock is at the center of a dog abuse scandal.

It is being claimed that he abandoned his dog at a Dallas airport parking garage for multiple days.

The fighter has admitted to abandoning Zelda, claiming that there were no other options for the "old dog with a goofy hip."

Shamrock, 46, initially searched for someone to care for Zelda on social media.

However, when he couldn't find anyone to take her, he then tied the 7-year-old Labrador mix to the bed of a pickup truck and flew out to another state.

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Dallas Police Officers were notified of an abandoned pup by a witness at Love Field Airport on March 6, 2019.

The witness explained that they had noticed the dog in the bed of the truck when they first arrived at the airport parking garage two days previously.

Dallas Animal Services (DAS) issued city code violation to Shamrock after discovering the dog was abandoned on March 2, 2019.

Animal Services eventually took Zelda into protective custody, while an animal cruelty investigation is underway.

Frank Shamrock

The Dallas Police Department said it expects to file a charge of Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals for "abandoning an animal without making reasonable arrangements for assumption of custody by another person," a Class A Misdemeanor.

Shamrock has also recently agreed to relinquish ownership of Zelda to the SPCA of Texas' Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center.

Before he left on his trip he made an appeal via Facebook for help.

He wrote just an hour before his flight. "Please help! Anyone in Dallas, Texas that can help with this dog."

Zelda is still awaiting a new home.

A spokesperson for the center said: "Zelda is friendly and affectionate with animal care staff and volunteers, and in good spirits, despite the recent events she's been through."



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