US /

Woman Dogged by Staring Charge Gets Arf

Prosecutor cites difficulty of calling police K9 to testify
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2007 1:29 PM CDT

A Vermont woman charged with cruelty to animals after she stared at a police dog "in a taunting/harassing manner" is free to make faces at any animal that crosses her path. The county prosecutor dropped the charges after finding a big hole in his case: The alleged victim was unavailable to tell the court how the staring made him feel.

The prosecutor watched a video of the incident and concluded that the state trooper who made the arrest was dealing with a "very intoxicated" person but not with actions that amounted to cruelty, the Rutland Herald reports. The public defender missed a chance to make a federal case out of a staring contest: "It's constitutional expression," she told the AP. (Read more crime stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.