Police cite woman for lying about dogs
WALKER- Police issued a woman who reported finding ten puppies in an ice chest a misdemeanor summons. Investigators believe the woman lied about the dogs' situation to get them taken by the city's animal shelter.
Police said they issued the citation for one count of animal cruelty.
"This is a situation where someone was trying to do the right thing but went about it the wrong way," Capt. John Sharp told WBRZ News 2 Friday.
Sharp said officers determined the woman took the dogs from her mother-in-law in Springfield and was going to bring them to the shelter when she realized the shelter only takes animals found in the city limits of Walker. Her plan was to report them as being found in an ice chest in a ditch. After questioning Harmoni Pelletier, 36, she admitted to the scheme Sharp said.
Sharp said the dogs were never sitting in the sun in an ice chest. However, they did seem to be abandoned by the mother dog which is why the mother-in-law wanted to get rid of the puppies in the first place. Due to that, they were hungry and dehydrated.
The dogs are at the city's animal shelter, recovering. There have been numerous inquiries into possibly adopting the puppies, Sharp said.
A misdemeanor animal cruelty charge carries up to $500 or 60 days in jail. An exact sentence would be up to the magistrate hearing the case.
Sharp added the so-reported ten abandoned puppies added to an unusual number of abandoned animal collections in the city recently. Twenty-one animals were taken by the shelter after being abandoned.
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