A woman from Westford, Massachusetts, has been accused of poisoning her neighbor's dog earlier this month and now faces a single charge of poisoning an animal.
If found guilty, she faces a maximum sentence of seven years and a $5000 fine, LowellSun.com reports.
The owners had only left their dog home alone for a few hours on the day of the crime but came home to find their miniature schnauzer Zoe acting strangely.
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"She was walking funny, shaking and had wobbly legs," Zoe’s owner James White reportedly said. "She couldn't walk right and was falling over like she was drunk or something.”
Zoe’s neighbors then noticed some vomit with pills in it and immediately took her to the vet and later called the police.
Examination of security footage found White’s neighbor, 35-year-old Daovone Nokham, slipping something underneath the door for the dog.
Upon police questioning, Nokahm came clean and told investigators she gave “600 mg of Ibuprofen and 30 mg of Paxil – a drug used to treat depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder” to the dog, the police report said.
"Daovone added that she just wanted to get some peace and quiet and did not want to hurt the dog," Police wrote in the report.
Nokham was released from custody but is due back in court next year.
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