In Lewiston, Maine, police have identified the person who pushed the yellow Labrador retriever mix out of a minivan in the parking lot of the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society earlier this week. The dog was found on Thursday; she had been struck by a vehicle and died.
The woman turned herself into the Lewiston Police late Thursday afternoon and is said to have been very cooperative with the following statement posted to the Facebook page of the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society. “This case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review and the filing of a formal criminal charge is likely. We received several tips from the public as a result of the publicity in this case, and we appreciate all of the assistance and information received.”
Although the woman has not been identified, she did grant an exclusive telephone interview on Friday afternoon with the Maine radio station, 107.5 FM Frank. According to Frank, the host of the radio station, Stan, Heidi and Teddy were able to piece together the identity of the person. During the 11-minute interview, the 21-year-old single mother of two-month-old twins and a 19-month old toddler stated she had been caring for the dog since August when her boyfriend’s ex-wife said she could no longer have the dog. The dog had allegedly continued to nip at her son and for months the young mother said she pleaded for the woman to take the dog back, put the dog down or take it to a shelter, but the owner refused. And when the dog nipped at her infant on Monday night, the woman said she put the dog in the car and drove it to the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society. She stated the lights were out in the facility, and so she opened up the door and pushed the dog out – she was afraid for her children. The woman admits she was wrong and had she the opportunity to do it over again, she never would have abandoned the dog. You can listen to the entire interview here.
“She should be held fully responsible for her actions. This became a national story when the video went viral. We were simply able to piece together who she was and then verified it,” stated Frank. The woman anticipates she will be charged, but as yet does not know if she will be facing Class C or D misdemeanors which could mean jail time or fines if found guilty.
The dog’s name was Abby; at least now she has an identity. “Donations have begun to come to us in Memory of, who we now know to be, ‘Abby.’ This morning a generous donor from Boston, kicked off a fund in Abby’s memory with a $1,000 donation. The Abby Fund will be reserved for any medical treatment necessary for the thousands of stray and abandoned pets we welcome each year,” announced the GAHS. Anyone who would like to make a donation, can do so by clicking here. Rest in peace Abby.
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