Four dogs are missing after a woman allegedly accepted money to transport them for a Florida rescue agency. As reported by NBC 2 News, Paola Mariaca was paid over $1200 to transport the dogs for Helping Paws 22 – Mariaca was supposed to take the dogs, who had been pulled from death row, to an adoption partner in Iowa.
But the dogs never arrived and Mariaca isn’t talking. According to the news agency, the paid transporter alleges that she was only supposed to transport the dogs to Vero Beach, and she claims that she has proof of where they are. When the news agency asked for the proof, Mariaca fell silent.
The rescue group has stated that the dogs are all microchipped, and they have been reported as stolen – where they are right now is a complete mystery. The woman who allegedly “lost” them has a history of fraudulent behavior. As reported by NBC 2, in the past she has been charged with credit card theft, grand theft in the 2nd degree and organized fraud.
(Screenshots via NBC 2 News)
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