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August 5, 2011 (La Mesa, CA) -- It was less then two months ago that Mocha, a five-year-old terrier blend sat and waited in a kennel the County Animal Shelter in Bonita waiting for her forever home. She was relinquished by her owners like many dogs who are affected by the tough economic times. Tomorrow night when the curtain closes on the Broadway musical Annie at the Moonlight Theater the young terrier is now a well trained star, far from the dog with anxiety who waited and waited for someone to consider adopting her.

La Mesa native, Alex Kuty, known to the community as the director of the Miss La Mesa Pageants, along with her husband Rob Kuty found Mocha by chance and changed her life. Their La Mesa based dog training business was contacted by the Moonlight theater in Vista to train a dog for the show to play the role of "Sandy."

“We wanted a shelter dog,” says animal trainer Rob Kuty. “We were looking for a scruffy, cute and most importantly a ‘sandy’ colored dog. We want to show the public
that shelter animals are very trainable if you give them a chance.” Kuty is no stranger to working with shelter animals; he formerly managed the “Pet’s Rule!” show at SeaWorld and currently works with the Helen Woodward Animal Center. The husband and wife team have conducted obedience classes at the La Mesa Community Center on Saturday mornings for the past several years.

"We visited the Bontia shelter to look at a different dog we saw on their website that had the right look. While we where there we found Mocha and knew she was the one." Kuty says, "Mocha has come a long way." Rob and Alex Kuty will spend just a few more days fostering Mocha in her home. "We are so pleased to give someone this amazing dog. More importantly we hope her story will inspire other to check their local animal shelters first when looking for a new pet."

Interested adopters should visit the county's department of animal services website at and fill out the special needs adoption application. Applications must be received via fax or mail to the Carlsbad branch of the county shelter by August 9 - 2481 Palomar Airport Road Carlsbad, CA
619-767-2675 Fax 760-431-8401. The most qualified applicant of those received will be selected.

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