Sheriff's Office: Animal Cruelty Report Unfounded

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By Fanna Haile-Selassie
By Jared Roberts

WSIL TV -- Jackson County Sheriff authorities now say the story about three dogs being tossed off a bridge is unfounded. They claim the owner made up the story and turned over the puppies to St. Francis Care.

At News 3 at 5, we aired the story after we spoke with the puppy's owner who only identified herself as Donna. She claimed she didn't want her face on television because she feared retaliation from the alleged suspect. She accused a male driver of tossing three puppies off the Dillinger bridge and into the Big Muddy River. 

We also spoke to St. Francis Care and they were the ones who originally contacted authorities. Diane Daugherty, the President of the Board of Directors for St. Francis Care told us, "We were also victimized by this woman. We apologize for the unnecessary alarm, but this abuse happens all the time. We deal with animal abuse crimes all the time. It's a shame this story was a hoax."

The sheriff's office is not releasing her name, pending the investigation.

News 3 tried calling Donna back, but she did not answer our calls. The three puppies are still safe and have all been claimed by new owners. 

If you're interested in adopting animals from St. Francis Care, check out their website by clicking HERE.
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