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Woman Accused Of Dumping 3 Puppies On Road Charged

Witness photo posted from Facebook Photo: Image by Greene County Sheriff's Office

Woman Accused Of Dumping 3 Puppies On Road Charged

By Nancy Simpson. CREATED Apr 2, 2014

A woman caught dumping three puppies on West Grayrock outside of Springfield has been charged.

The Greene County Sheriff's Office says the only reason Verna Campbell was arrested was because a man took pictures of Campbell removing a carrier from her car and placing the puppies on the road.

The sheriff says many dumping cases go unsolved because they lack evidence. The puppies were saved and adopted into good homes.

Edited from a press release from the Greene County Sheriff's Office:

On 03/20/14 a witness reported that he observed and photographed a woman abandoning three puppies in the roadway near 2500 W Grayrock, a location in Greene County. The witness described that the female had removed the animals from within a carrier inside her vehicle and placed them onto the roadway.

During a subsequent investigation by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office the identity of the suspect was determined.

As a result of this investigation, Verna J. Campbell, age 60 of Springfield was arrested and has been charged by the Greene County Prosecutor with 3 Counts of Animal Neglect & Abandonment RSMo 578.009, a Class C Misdemeanor, Case number1431‐CR01766. Verna Campbell’s arraignment is scheduled on 05‐13‐14.

A copy of the Probable Cause statement is available by request from the Circuit Clerk’s office.

“Thanks to the quick actions of the witness, all of the puppies were safely recovered and adopted into good homes. We investigate all reports of Animal Neglect and Abuse however animal dumping cases usually go unsolved because there are no witnesses. In this case all credit goes to the diligent citizens who took action and came forward with the evidence needed.” – Sheriff Jim Arnott

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