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.