Louis couldn't officially go up for adoption until his abuser's trial was over, but the Hartleys became his foster family once he finally left the hospital. He was already part of the family in their hearts.
In January 2009, Louis' abuser, Juan Daniels, was sentenced to nine years and six months for animal cruelty - setting a new state record for an animal abuse case.
The Hartleys could finally adopt Louis, and they happily made it official - Louis even signed the documents with his paw print. Though he still bears the scars of his horrific abuse, Louis now serves as an inspiration to everyone he meets.