Police: Boy's grandmother threw his dog out car window, arrest warrant issued

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by Brooke Katz

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 31, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 1 at 3:16 PM

(WHAS11) – WHAS11 has learned that a Southern Indiana woman is accused of allegedly throwing her grandson's cocker spaniel out of her car on Highway 135, and Harrison County police are close to arresting her.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Maximina Sue Shelton, who is now charged with an animal cruelty misdemeanor.

According to records obtained by WHAS11, authorities learned of Shelton through her ex-son-in-law. The reports say his 6-year-old recognized his dog in a newspaper article. The report says the child told his father that his grandmother, Shelton, threw the dog from her car.

Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk says they are taking this case very seriously and want to make it known that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in Harrison County.  He says Shelton could face up to a year in jail.

The reports say that Shelton was brought in for questioning, and changed her story several times before admitting to authorities that the dog was thrown from her car.

Rescuers have named the dog Bambi, but her real name is Puddles. We spoke with Rebecca Eaves with the Shamrock Pet Foundation. She says Bambi is doing better but still has a long road to recovery.

She told WHAS11 that the foundation has been overwhelmed by the amount of support the public has shown, but they are still down about $2,000 for Bambi’s medical costs. If you would like to help, click here. You can make a donation online just be sure to mark it “Arrow Fund/Bambi.”

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