A Minnesota woman has been charged with animal cruelty for trying to send a puppy from Minneapolis to Atlanta via Priority Mail, reports the Star Tribune.
Stacey Champon, 39, told postal workers to be careful with the box because it was very delicate, and that if they saw it move or heard noises, it was only because it contained a robot. The box had a few air holes, but she had sealed over them with mailing tape that tightly sealed the package. Champion was apparently mailing the pup to an 11 year old as a birthday present.
But with no air, no food or water, and temperatures that get down to minus 40 degrees in the cargo hold of the postal plane, the puppy would have been DOA when he landed in Atlanta two days later. (What a birthday surprise that would have been for the child. There’s probably little quite as scarring as receiving a dead puppy in the mail on your birthday.)
Fortunately, the puppy moved enough in the box at the post office that the box fell off the counter. When it landed on the floor, workers could hear panting sounds. They got the OK to unwrap it, and discovered a super thirsty four-month-old poodle-schnauzer-mix puppy named Guess.
Champion was later cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty and has 10 days to appeal. Meanwhile Guess is in the care of the city’s animal control. If Champion declines or loses her appeal, the puppy will be up for adoption.
And here’s the kicker: Champion had paid $22 for postage. She later returned to the post office and asked for her money back. (They didn’t give it to her.) The Star Tribune reports that she never inquired about the pup’s well-being.
It’s surprising she didn’t send him via ground mail…