A 39-year-old woman has been charged with cruelty to animals after she allegedly tried to post a puppy to a relative from one side of America to the other.
Last week Stacey Champion sealed the dog, called Guess, and was only rumbled when the cardboard box it fell off the counter when she was trying to pay for 'high priority' postage.
The dog, a male four-month-old Schnauzer, has been taken into care while a decision is made by authorities whether or not it should be allowed to be handed back to the Minnesota woman.
Safe: Stacey Champion paid $22 for Guess the parcel puppy to be posted from Minnesota to Geogia
'Clearly there wasn’t a whole lot of thought that went into this,' said Angela Dodge of the Minneapolis Police Department in a CBS Minnesota news report of Champion's effort to post the dog from Minnesota to Georgia.
'A puppy is a definite no-no,' said Pete Nowacki with the U.S. Postal Service.
'Apparently the puppy must have moved at that time and the box had shaken and fallen.
'At that point, the clerk and supervisor could hear a sound like panting coming from inside the box.'
Mrs Dodge added: 'They could hear it in the box, they opened the box and discovered a live puppy on there with no food or water.'
Mrs Champion, who had paid $22 for Guess to be posted, wanted to transport the puppy quickly as did he was mailed using two-day priority.
According to officials, she was sending the dog by post to a relative.
'The notion of putting a puppy in a box, putting them on a plane with no food, no water, no place to do their business, it’s not going to work,' said Mr Nowacki.
'The puppy is doing fine. Champion has until Friday to make an appeal to animal control to get the puppy back. If animal controls says she can’t have the puppy back, it will go up for adoption.'
The box had been wrapped, completely, sealing the air holes. If the parcel had been airlifted - as was planned - and transported in an airplane's unheated, non-pressurised cargo hold, the dog would almost certainly have died.
Mrs Champion was charged with animal cruelty. She has 10 days from being cited to appeal. If she declines or loses her appeal, Guess would go up for adoption.
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