WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- An eastern Missouri woman who lied about where she found a lost dog to ensure that a shelter wouldn’t turn it away will serve 20 hours of community service at a dog kennel as part of her sentence.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 34-year-old Jessica Dudding pleaded no contest on Wednesday to a charge in Wentzville municipal court. She was placed on six months’ probation. Her record will be cleared if she completes the probation.
Dudding found the yellow Lab tied to a pipe in a vacant lot in Lincoln County two days after Christmas. Lincoln County has no facility for strays so she took the dog to Wentzville and said she found the dog there.
Her lie was revealed after the dog’s owner came forward.