Airmail puppy up for adoption on Friday
A Minneapolis woman tried to airmail the 5-month-old puppy to her son in a box without air holes, food or water on January 25.
Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 01:27 PM
AIRMAIL: Postal workers found the puppy after the box fell to the ground and they heard panting and movement coming from inside. (Photo: blmurch/Flickr)
MINNEAPOLIS - The five-month-old puppy a Minneapolis woman tried to airmail as a present to her son will be put up for adoption Friday after she failed to preserve her rights to the dog, authorities said on Tuesday.
Stacey Champion, 39, failed to post a bond by Monday night that was required for her to appeal a ruling preventing her from getting the black poodle and schnauzer mix puppy back.
The city has received dozens of inquiries from people interested in adopting Guess and plans to hold a drawing and screening of potential owners Friday afternoon at the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control shelter.
"We do expect that there will be lots of people interested so in order to make it fair we will have a drawing," city spokesman Matt Laible said.
Champion was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for trying to ship Guess in a sealed box without air holes, food or water on January 25 at a Minneapolis post office. Postal workers found the puppy after the box fell to the ground and they heard panting and movement coming from inside.
To retain rights to Guess during her appeal, Champion had to post a bond to cover the cost of his care at a shelter until her criminal case was resolved, likely two months. The city charges $15 per day to care for animals.
(Reporting by David Bailey, Editing by Greg McCune)
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