Saturday, February 12, 2011

Woman Who Mailed Puppy Wants Postage Back

The Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota Star Tribune reports, "A 39-year-old woman was charged with animal cruelty after she tried to air-mail the dog to Atlanta from downtown Minneapolis."

Stacey Champion (shown here) paid $22 to send the black poodle-Schnauzer mix puppy named Guess to Georgia via priority mail.

According to the article, the  clerk who accepted the package asked all the standard questions: Any perishables, liquids, hazardous materials?

Reporters  Mary Lynn Smith and Paul Walsh pen, "When the box began moving and making noise, workers called a postal inspector -- the Postal Service's enforcement arm -- and got permission to open the package."

Postal supervisor Thompson Ojoyeyi is quoted in the piece as saying, "The Postal Service will ship some live animals such as bees, certain small and harmless cold-blooded animals, chicks and ducklings. But sending dogs and cats through the mail is a definite no."

Cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty, the woman asked the Post Office to refund the $22 she paid to mail the puppy.  Postal authorities declined the request.

To read the entire article, click here.

For more on this story and to watch the CNN video, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM