Woman has 10 days to appeal after dog is seized

Posted: January 10, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — A local woman has 10 days to appeal a court order that allows the Winchester Sheriff’s Office to seize her pug after an alleged animal cruelty incident.

Until then, the pug is safe and sound, according to Deputy E.E. Brogan, who took the dog into custody a week ago.

The animal is not currently available for adoption.

The male pug was found Jan. 3 by the landlord at 3 W. Monmouth St., Apt. 4, after she went to check on an odor of feces and urine, according to a search warrant filed in Winchester Circuit Court.

The warrant states that the dog was covered in feces, but the circumstances surrounding the incident have yet to be released.

The tenant and owner of the pug — named in a search warrant as 33-year-old Melissa Springer — was not present at the Wednesday Winchester General District Court proceedings.

It is unclear if she will appeal the court’s decision.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com