MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The woman who allegedly attempted to ship her puppy cross-country through the U.S. Postal Service has been charged with animal cruelty.
Stacey Champion, of Minneapolis, has also filed an appeal to get the dog back.
Currently, the poodle/Schnauzer mix is being kept at the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control center, where it’s been since Jan. 25.
State law requires that an appeal hearing be held within five days of the request. The puppy will stay at the shelter while the hearing is pending.
An officer will decide at that hearing if the dog should be returned to its owner. If the officer decides against returning the animal, the owner can appeal the case or post a bond that would cover the continued cost of care and kenneling of the dog at the shelter, between now and the date of her criminal court case.
If Champion does not post a bond, the shelter could make the dog available for adoption.
If more than one person is interested in adopting the puppy, a drawing of all interested parties would occur. A basic screening of potential owners is required.