Lauren Noronha, 21, of Marlborough, Mass. believed she was doing the right thing for a Labrador retriever mix she rescued from a Texas animal shelter destined to be euthanized. Instead, Noronha has now been charged with animal abandonment after a resident called Dudley Animal Control reported Tuesday's Telegram.com.
According to Dudley Animal Control Director, Peter Preble, a call came into the shelter from a town resident stating he had answered an advertisement on Craigslist about a dog needing a home. Noronha drove the three-year-old dog to the resident's home, and while the person took the dog into his house to see how the dog would interact with his own pets, did not stick around for the report. Unfortunately the dogs did not get along, and when the man went outside to return the dog, Noronha was gone.
The dog had originally been rescued by Noronha on July 6 from an Irving, Texas shelter. Records indicate contracts are signed prohibiting adopters from re-homing dogs. Also, the dog was heart worm positive; a condition Noronha did not reveal to the potential new owner.
"Animal Abuse is a felony in Massachusetts and I will charge you if do abuse an animal in my jurisdiction!"
Named Chucho, it seems this lucky Labrador and pittie mix will still have a great future. He is now being treated for heart worms and will be at a foster home in New Hampshire until he is healthy. Chucho will then be available for adoption.
Preble told WNT.com that Noronha's heart was definitely in the right place, but it was the "wrong execution of a good idea."
Allegedly this was the third dog Noronha had saved from the high kill Texas shelter.
Noronha's attorney states there is no credible basis for the abandonment charges. Noronha is heartbroken.
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