Effort on to find a home for San Jose homeless man's dog
SHELTER FIELDS OFFERS FOR BEREAVED CANINE
By Linda Goldston
Article Launched: 05/02/2007 01:34:15 AM PDT
There is hope for Boo-Boo the cattle dog, the longtime companion of Cornelius Van Der Vies.
The two were a familiar sight around the Entrepreneur Building in downtown San Jose, where Van Der Vies, who was homeless, liked to spend his days.
After Van Der Vies, 67, was found dead at Santa Clara and Market streets Monday, Boo-Boo was taken to San Jose Animal Care Center and people started calling about the fate of the dog.
A witness told the Mercury News that Van Der Vies died after a scuffle with another homeless man, who allegedly had been throwing things at Boo-Boo.
Police are waiting on autopsy results.
"There's nothing clear-cut about this," San Jose police Sgt. Nick Muyo said Tuesday. "We're still investigating, still trying to figure out what happened."
And steps are under way to find Boo-Boo a good home.
He doesn't know it yet, but Boo-Boo is headed for a life off the streets, something he apparently never had while Van Der Vies was alive.
"We think we may have identified a next of kin, someone from" Van Der Vies' family, said Jon Cicirelli, deputy director of San Jose's Animal Care and Services department.
If confirmed as next-of-kin, the relative would have the right to adopt Boo-Boo. If the relative isn't interested in taking the dog, several dog rescue groups have called the shelter, promising to find a good home for Boo-Boo, Cicirelli said.
"Either way, he should move pretty quickly," he said.
Boo-Boo is about 7 years old and weighs about 50 pounds.
When the shelter staff visits him, "he seems scared, which is not uncommon for most dogs," Cicirelli said. "On the first day in the kennel, it's adjusting to smells and sounds."
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call detective Sgt. Paul Kelly or detective Dave Anaya of the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit at (408) 277-5283. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP.
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