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Owners claim Labrador who guarded fatally injured dog on side of road

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BALDWIN PARK (CNS) - The owners of a Labrador retriever that became "a rock star" when she was found on a busy La Puente street guarding a dog killed by a hit-and-run driver were expected to pick her up from an animal shelter Tuesday and take her home.

The black Labrador, whose name is Maggie, had been named Grace by workers at the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center. She became the center of international attention after video footage surfaced showing her standing guard over a fatally injured dog last week.

A Good Samaritan spotted the dog on Hacienda Boulevard and placed traffic cones around the animal and the fatally injured yellow Labrador she was trying to protect. He called animal control workers, then took photos and video.

The black Labrador had no identification tag and no microchip to identify her owners Animal control workers retrieved the dead dog and the black Labrador, then circulated the photos and video to news media, and the story garnered international attention.

"She's a rock star," said Capt. Aaron Reyes of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. "You know what I think makes her so famous is just her display of compassion and loyalty. She sat there with her buddy ..."

The Good Samaritan who took measures to protect Maggie in La Puente was supposed to have adopted her Monday afternoon, but the dog's owners surfaced before that could happen. Reyes said they provided documentation that showed Maggie is theirs.

They were expected to take the dog home Tuesday after authorities inspect their property, Reyes said. The owners, whose names were not being released publicly, will be issued citations for having an unregistered dog and for allowing the animal to run loose, he said.

Reyes said the owners wanted to stay out of the media spotlight. He described them as "very private" and "embarrassed."

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