A Florida woman was arrested late last week over allegations that she killed a puppy when she was not allowed to board a flight with the dog.
The Grand Island Independent reported that Cynthia V. Anderson, a 56-year-old resident of Edgewater, Florida, had first tried to board a flight at Central Nebraska Regional Airport on Thursday with three puppies and two dogs. All of the puppies were said to be less than 2 weeks old.
Grand Island police Sgt. Stan Steele told the paper that Anderson was not allowed to board because the two dogs had proper kennels, but the puppies did not.
After Anderson’s parents took two of the puppies, she attempted to board another flight on Friday by concealing the third puppy in her carry-on luggage, according to Steele. But she was again denied.
Anderson was later seen entering a bathroom in the airport terminal. After she left the bathroom, a dead puppy was found in one of the toilets by an airport customer.
The Central Nebraska Humane Society took custody of the puppy and conducted an autopsy.
“The cause of death was determined to be drowning,” Steele explained.
Anderson was booked into the Hall County Jail on charges of animal abuse.