Woman indicted for stealing disabled veteran’s service dog in Hunterdon County

FLEMINGTON, NJ (Hunterdon County) – An Illinois woman was indicted on theft and contempt charges Thursday, according to Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.


Melissa Laffey, 31, of Northfield was indicted by a Hunterdon County Grand Jury for one count of third-degree theft of a domestic companion animal and one count of fourth-degree contempt.

According to Prosecutor Kearns, Laffey knowingly took a service dog and failed to return it to the owner.

Laffey was then ordered by the court to return the service dog prior to a scheduled court date of July 16, 2018. Laffey allegedly failed to appear with the dog and a civil warrant was issued for her arrest, Kearns said.

The victim in this matter is a disabled military veteran, Kearns said.

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