Woman Faces Charges After Trying To Mail Puppy
A hearing that took place yesterday in Minneapolis ruled that a woman accused of trying to mail a puppy to Georgia won’t get the dog back.
The woman, 39-year-old Stacey Champion, told an administrative hearing officer Monday that the puppy was a birthday gift for her son–she made sure to point out that she had poked holes in the box in which the dog was packed–tape, however, covered the holes.
She also said she packed water bottles in the box for the dog.
She told the officer she felt bad that her son didn’t receive the present.
When the officer asked her why she decided to send the dog through the mail, she responded, “They deliver.’’
A postal inspector said that when Champion was asked what she was trying to mail, she told them a toy robot was in the box.
Postal workers found the puppy inside a box with a two-day priority sticker.
They said they did not find food or water in the box.
Champion, who’s charged with animal cruelty, has five days to come up with enough money to pay the cost of boarding the dog at the shelter until a hearing on the criminal charge.
If she doesn’t, the dog will be available for adoption.
The dog has been in the custody of an animal control center since Jan. 25.