A woman was fined because she chose not to spay her pregnant dog, who had been adopted from an animal shelter in Killeen, Texas. According to KWTX, Cristina Chapa adopted the Chihuahua mix from the Killeen Animal Shelter and learned a short time later that the dog was far along in a pregnancy.
The adopter’s “crime”
Chapa was supposed to get her rescued dog spayed within 30 days of the adoption, but a veterinarian told her that spaying a dog that far along in the pregnancy was considered to be “high risk.” Chapa opted to allow her new dog to deliver her puppies, but it came with a price…the animal shelter wanted the pregnancy terminated or she would be fined.
Court and fines
Chapa was ordered to appear in court and informed that she could face up to $1000 in fines. She initially pleaded no contest at the recommendation of a court attendant – because of her no contest plea, she is being denied the right to a jury trial.
The rescued dog’s puppies
Chapa’s dog, Cha Cha, delivered six puppies. All of the puppies have new homes waiting and one will remain with Chapa’s family. The shelter has not commented on the situation.
(Images via screenshot KWTX News)
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