Woman steals dog from family
A WOMAN who found a dog that had been left home alone with no food or water appeared in court yesterday, after she broke into the yard and stole it.
Tina Maree Johnson, 25, pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrate's Court to trespass and stealing over the incident.
The court heard the dog belonged to her nephew and his girlfriend, however, her nephew was in hospital on life support and his girlfriend was caring for him there.
Johnson, who wasn't on speaking terms with the girlfriend, went to their house to check on the condition of the ridgeback/ chihuahua cross dog while they were in hospital.
Police spoke with her on October 6 and Johnson admitted she had no intention of returning the dog.
Lawyer Juan Pepito said she took the dog home with her because it had no food or water, but accepted she should have advised them of her actions.
The court heard her nephew has since passed away and the dog has been returned.
Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll acknowledged that her nephew's death would have been a very traumatic event, but said she should have used an alternative process to avoid ending up in court.
Johnson was fined $600, with no conviction recorded.