A Gardnerville woman accused of abandoning her dog on a rural road so she could travel to Spain has been arrested, authorities said.
According to the criminal complaint, Sabrina Lohr turned her Great Dane mix called Rocket loose on Pinenut Road, where he wandered for 10 days until he was struck and killed by a car on Nov. 23.
Lohr showed up more than a week earlier at the Douglas County Animal Shelter and reportedly said she would dump the dog if the shelter didn't take him, the complaint alleges. She said she was leaving for two weeks in Spain, and Rocket didn't get along with her other dog.
Lohr, 40, is scheduled to appear Monday in East Fork Justice Court to face charges of abandoning an animal, cruelty to animal and dog at large.
If convicted, she faces up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail on each charge.
Janet Duzan, a county animal services officer who has been with the shelter for 15 years, said it was the first prosecution she could recall for alleged abandonment and cruelty.
"It's pretty rare," she told Gardnerville's Record-Courier newspaper. "It's difficult to get license plates or other information and witnesses for enough evidence."
While the county has a procedure for owners to return dogs, some
resort to dumping them in the high desert, she added.
Information from: Gardnerville Record-Courier,
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