This here is an older article from March 2015 but there is a lovely video on it where I saw Dan and Lisa interacting with Coco. Coco seems very happy, giving kisses to her 'daddy', wagging her little tail, being a wiggle butt and all excited going on walks.
A North Attleboro couple has been granted custody of a dog. Dan and Lisa O'Connell said they rescued Coco from a beach in Aruba. Tony Gugliotta WJAR spoke with them and will tell you what they have to say about the custody battle tonight at 11:00 on NBC 10 News.
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CK, I just saw the video of what coco looked like when they found her. if that was a dog missing for 24 hours and you could see her bones like that, she'd be dead by now if they didn't adopt her. no way that dog was well treated and looked like that, no way. Since there was no contract here, the Judge really had to base his decision on credibilty. I'm sure if he saw that video of the way the O'Connell's found the dog, then that was enough for him to decide that the O'Connell's were more credible.
An appeal is expensive. First they need the transcript, which will probably cost close to $1,000. Then they have to pay the attorney's fees again for the appeal court which will take probably another year or two if Massachusetts is anything like NJ's court system. And I guarantee you the appeal's court will uphold the Judge's decision. And the reason I'm so sure is because if the Judge was acting as jury in this case, which he was, appeals courts never overturn credibility issues. Its only legal issues they decide. They can't overturn a Jury's decision but can overturn the Judge's legal findings if the judge applied the law incorrectly. I don't see that in this case at all. And on a side note, I saw Lisa giving the dog treats. Bet she never got treats before, lol....
Thank you to all who have posted encouraging words throughout this ordeal. I am truly delighted and absolutely thrilled. The Judge's decision could not have been more spot on. The hater's will continue to hate but that's their problem not mine. I have said many prayers of Thanks as well. Coco is where God meant her to be. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.