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KSAT viewers help solve mystery of malnourished, tattooed dog

Online records show dog is from Belgium

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SAN ANTONIO – Recently uncovered information on a malnourished, tattooed dog have only led to more questions.

On Tuesday, Animal Care Services asked the public for help finding more information about a tattoo on a Belgian Malinois' found during an animal cruelty investigation.

In a matter of hours, KSAT 12 viewers found possible leads in the dog's case.

KSAT 12 viewers shared online records that show the dog, who was being called "Lady," is actually named "Elta" and is from a small town in Belgium.

READ THE ORIGINAL REPORT: ACS looking for clues after emaciated dog with mysterious tattoo rescued from home 

"We are amazed at how quickly your viewers were able to solve this pretty girl’s mystery tattoo," ACS spokesperson Lisa Norwood said. "We know her name is Elta and she’s 12-years-old but how does a dog get from a small town in Belgium to a backyard in South Texas? That’s what we hope to find out and we’ve reached out to her original owner to see if he can shed a light on how Elta came to be in San Antonio."

According to an online registry in Belgium, Elta is 12-years-old and was born in Orp LeGrand which is Southeast of Brussels.

How Elta got to San Antonio is unknown, but online records show she had a passport for international travel.

ACS and KSAT have reached out to the breeder linked to Elta to get a better idea of how she ended up in the backyard of a South Side home.

This is a developing story. We will share updates in Elta's case as they become available.