An Edgewater, Florida woman who attempted to board a plane multiple times with a 3-week old Doberman puppy was repeatedly denied by airport security. Frustrated at being unable to fly home, her solution was to walk into the airport bathroom, close the stall door and hold the puppy under toilet water until it died.
Cynthia Anderson, 56, was arrested on Friday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport. She’s been charged with one count of felony animal cruelty and remains locked up today at the Hall County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, “dogs and cats must be at least eight weeks old and must have been weaned for at least five days” in order to qualify for transport on an aircraft. Officials said Anderson’s puppy had not even opened its eyes yet.
Police said Anderson first showed up at the airport on Thursday with three, uncrated pups, but airport staff rebuffed her attempt to get through the TSA security gate. According to witness reports, she then handed over two of the three puppies to her parents. She returned on Friday with the third puppy, and again attempted to get through security – this time stuffing the puppy in her carry-on and trying to send him through the X-ray machine.
According to the incident report, Rick Roy of the Grand Island Police Department arrived at the airport after witnesses found the dead Doberman inside of a toilet bowl. “On my arrival I learned a 3 week old puppy had been drowned in the toilet after a woman tried 3 times to get it on the plane,” Roy wrote. “The puppy was taken to the Humane Society and autopsied. It was found to have water in one of its lungs.”
Adds The Daily Mail: “According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, Anderson has a criminal record that dates back to 2010 when she was arrested and fined for stealing from a store. Over the next few years, she racked up other robbery-related charges and in 2011 was sentenced to six months of probation for grand theft.”
Anderson also has charges on her record for passing bad checks and trespassing in unoccupied structures.
“Just to drown them because you can’t get them on an airplane, really? It doesn’t make sense. It’s sad that somebody would do that to a poor, helpless little puppy,” said Kathy Weaver, a neighbor of Anderson’s.
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