For every hundred well-intentioned influencers, there’s always one who ruins it for everyone else – and this time, it’s all because one of them decided to steal a poor, innocent dog.
Brittany Littleton, who is an Instagram influencer with over 32.5K followers and the co-owner of animal rehab Little Love Rescue, is being sued by an LA housing equality advocacy organisation after she stole an unhoused man’s support dog and is refusing to return it.
Yep, it’s a lot to process.
According to a press release from Housing Equality & Advocacy Resource Team (H.E.A.R.T), in January this year, unhoused man Elliot Haas was sitting in front of his tent with his emotional support dog Luna when a man and woman offered him furniture. As they were moving the table and chairs, Luna was bundled into their car and the couple sped off.
When Haas called the LAPD, it became clear the couple were connected to Brittany Littleton and Little Love Rescue.
“Despite pleading for the return of Luna, Brittany refused to return Luna to Elliot and at one point stated that over $6,000 were spent on vet bills for Luna and if Elliot wanted to pay that, Luna could be returned,” the release states.
To make the whole thing even messier, Little Love Rescue created a GoFundMe campaign for ‘Luna, the Paralysed Street Dog’ to raise funds for the rescue. H.E.A.R.T’s release states that Little Love Rescue raised over $8,000 but has not registered as a charitable organisation.
“Luna helped Elliot perform daily activities,” H.E.A.R.T states. “To take Luna away from him is cruel and only continues to prolong the injustices that the unhoused community faces on a daily basis.”
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Haas appeared before a judge in LA but Littleton failed to appear “or oppose the writ of possession.” As a result, the judge “granted Haas’s writ. Littleton and Little Love Rescue must now return Luna or be held in contempt of court.”
In a statement on Instagram, Littleton claimed she had been asked to “help a dog suffering” that was “paralysed, had sores all over her belly and legs, her feet were bleeding, and she had cuts and scars covering her body.” According to the influencer, she faced “multiple violent threats” from H.E.A.R.T and her “business and livelihood are being threatened.”
Littleton wrote, “now I am being sued and am forced to hire an attorney to defend myself. I need help covering legal fees to hire an attorney,” however her followers had little sympathy. One user commented, ‘dude just give the dog back’ and another asked ‘how much are you donating to help the man experiencing homelessness?’
There’s no doubt Luna needed to get treated by a vet, but stealing her is not only wrong – it’s against the law. There are plenty of ways Littleton could have helped Haas and Luna, and this was not the answer.
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