Woman Accused Of Trying To Mail Puppy Won’t Get It Back

By Holly Wagner, WCCO-TV and By Caroline Lowe, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An administrative hearing officer has denied a Minneapolis woman’s request to get her puppy back, after she attempted to mail the pet to Georgia.

Stacey Champion was in court Monday morning, trying to convince officials to give the puppy back to her. Currently, the poodle/Schnauzer mix is being kept at the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control center, where it’s been since Jan. 25.

Champion, 39, told the officer the puppy was a gift for her son’s birthday. She showed that the box she used had birthday wrapping on it and pointed out where she poked holes for the dog to breathe.

However, those holes were covered in tape. Champion also noted that she packed water bottles inside the box for the dog.

puppy mailed, stacey champion, post office

(credit: City of Minneapolis)

She told the hearing officer, Fabian Hoffner, that she feels bad that her son was not able to get his birthday present.

“Your honor, I was deprived of my son receiving his gift for his birthday,” she told him.

When the officer asked Champion why she sent a puppy in the mail, she replied, “I ship and they deliver.”

A postal inspector said when Champion was asked what she was trying to mail, she told them it was a toy robot.

Champion was charged with animal cruelty, after postal workers found the pup inside a box with a two-day priority sticker on it at the Loring Post Office. Workers said they didn’t find food or water, as Champion claimed, inside the box — just the nine-pound 4-month-old pup.

Officials denied Champion’s appeal for the dog, meaning the shelter could make him available for adoption.

Champion has five days to come up with enough money for a bond, to cover the dog’s costs while in the shelter until her criminal charge hearing. If she doesn’t come up with the money, the puppy will go up for adoption. If she’s able to make the payment, the judge will decide if she should keep the pet, after ruling on her animal cruelty charges.

Witnesses at the hearing included a U.S. Postal Inspector who testified that this was first time he’s ever heard of a puppy being sent through the U.S. mail.

Inspector Jesse Swanson said he could hear the door panting in the box. Swanson testified that if the dog had actually gone on a plane to Georgia, “The dog probably would have suffocated to death or would have died due to exposure to cold temperatures.”

Minneapolis Animal Control investigator, Sgt. Angela Dodge, said she was relieved the puppy wasn’t released to Champion.

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.

  • Holly

    I’d be afraid that if she did get that dog back she would abuse it for all the bad attention she is getting. I hope she is put on a do not adopt to list in the future.
    I hope animal shelters will check her background. But those pet stores that sell puppy mill dogs would gladly sell her another one.

    • Gary Ross

      She’s not abusive, just stupid.

  • Naomi Villebrun

    No puppy for you!

  • MNBrant

    hah she showed up to get her picture taken by the local news. I wonder if she did it deliveratly as a desparate bid for attention. Someone should interview her.

  • sabrina

    Racists?? It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to know that you shouldn’t stuff a dog in a box with no food or water and send it by mail without realizing the implications. Assuming she came from a broken home (which is a generalization in itself) doesn’t mean she has no common sense or sensitivity to the comforts of the puppy. ACLU? Don’t waste their time!!! WOW…

  • Fred

    Don’t you think assuming she hasn’t had a cultured life, was raised in a broken home, and was never taught about the USPS because she is black makes you a racist? It certainly makes you an idiot.

    • Kevin

      Gosh Fred….you hurt my little feelings….your not very nice….call me a racist and an idiot…..but hey you gotta call the kettle black me boy……..

  • Marie Popa Nolan

    Oh come on you don’t mail any living thing though the mail and everyone knows that.

  • KG

    Everything revolves around race doesn’t it?
    She knows enough not to put a live animal in a box without air holes and send it thru the mail.
    Don’t you think more people would do that if it worked?

    • SayWhat!?

      OMG!!! Don’t give the terminally stupid any ideas!!!

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  • bill

    Why even take this before a judge and waste the courts time.

  • Cache

    Why is stupid does…then stupid doubles down trying to convince all she isn’t stupid…just like the fools that spill coffee on themselves then sue the business saying it was their fault..but what stupider is that the jury bought it…stupid!

  • TW

    Maybe she tried to fax it first but kept getting a pupper jam?

    • laughing


    • Dilly

      OH that’s good!

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    • JT


    • wildman

      Good one TW… :)

  • Stacey Champion
    • BusinessOwner

      As a PR person Stacey, you should already know that this could help you, more than hurt you.

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  • Gavigs

    Coukoo for coco puffs

    • Sally G

      Trix are for kids!

  • adr

    Obviously you don’t have any pets, otherwise you would understand that they are our kids. This woman purposely lied about the contents. That tells me that she knew what she was doing was wrong!

    • Please

      Wow adr, you are delusional. Pets are not kids. Kids are not pets. Comparing the required love, energy and reward of a pet to a child is crazy. BTW, I do have an awesome dog, and love animals in general. People before pets!

    • SettleDown

      Wow Mike, you need some therapy…so angry and aggressive.

    • Mike

      It’s true pets are not children, but you hurt MY dog or cat and your going to find out how important they are in my life and that is a promise.

  • dick

    People with this kind intelligence also are allowed to vote !!!!!

  • biscuitsmom

    She knew she shouldnt do it, thats why she lied to the postal workers about the pup, saying to
    ‘ignore any sounds coming from the box, its just a toy robot’. As far as the similarity depriving air, water and food to any living creature is abuse, pure and simple.

    • Melissa

      I have to agree JL you said it perfectly. No one is trying to say that pets are worthless or that they don’t deserve the best. We take pets in as family members… everyone gets that, stop trying to fight that argument, we all agree. What people are trying to say has already been said “Pets are not children and children are not pets.” If your child was in trouble and your pet was in trouble, but you could only save one…. you would NOT be saving your pet people! And if you chose your pet over your child then you are sick and need help. This lady does NOT deserve the pup back. She needs help, because anyone who thinks that dog would have survived like that is just ignorant. Doesn’t it say right in the post office you CAN NOT ship animals? Her knowing that is just ruthless. Hopefully the pup will be adopted by someone who will take it in and give it the life it deserves. Lets all be thankful he/she was saved before it was too late and this lady gets what she deserves.

    • Jeffrey Lee Wilson

      i’d like to clarify. i never once said she shouldn’t be punished. i never once said she should have the dog. i never once said that she didn’t lie and was completely and utterly unaware of what she did. my point is that she is mentally ill. she should be held accountable. she was wrong for what she did. clearly mentally ill are capable of lying. but should she be shot in the head? are you kidding me?

  • dog lover

    There are to different kinds of pet owners. 1. To them they are just animals. They keep them in kennels or outside all day. 2. The ones who love them LIKE their children, of course they know the differnce between children and pets. They pay attention to them, worry about them, and talk to them. They have proven studies people who have pets live longer.

  • mark from mntaxwaste.com

    Hate is a word I use very rarely but it suits how I feel towards this women. How stupid is she?

  • Anna

    Thanx TW…that was sooooo funny!

  • isoopto

    It is what happens when you create a place where the welfare is fabulous, never ending and ever expanding. And all of it free to absolutely everyone legal or illegal. I think she needs free lessons in interpretive dance and then everything will be OK. MN. Legislature, give her the money.

    • SayWhat!?

      I agree!!! She can afford a dog but she’s on welfare…..

  • mark from mntaxwaste.com

    $1000.00 says this clown is on welfare, who would hire her?

    • JamieinMN

      She is. Have you not seen her facebook?????

  • michael

    Without ever seeing what this woman looked like (age, race or other outward appearance) it is clear that this pers IS TOO STUPID TO OWN A PET!

  • JamieinMN

    Good! What a nutburger!

  • red

    I have worked with dogs for years and when I first heard this story I was sicjened. I prayed that she would not get the the dog back and Thank goodness she did not get the dog back. It does make you wonder why her son is in Georgia and I agree, there is no point in wasting time in putting in court. I hope this sweet puppy finds a wonderful home. I did ike the pupper jam joke

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