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Courage was without food or water for weeks, but has since gained 10 pounds. CBS
A veterinarian's attendant charged with starving a German shepherd for weeks has been fired.
Kimberly Nizato was charged Wednesday in Los Angeles County with one count of felony animal cruelty and one misdemeanor count of failure to provide care. She is free on $20,000 bail.
The Southern California Specialty Veterinary Hospital announced the same day that Nizato had been fired.
The hospital also said it would make a donation to German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County, which is working with a Bellflower hospital to help the dog.
The dog, who authorities named Courage, was kept in a box without food or water for weeks. Courage has gained 10 pounds since being brought in on April 7. Volunteers are working to help him stand and walk again.