Woman arrested in alleged dog hangingFriday, January 04, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
TORONTO - Police say an Ontario woman accused of hanging her dog after it was taken away by animal control officers has turned herself in to authorities.
Toronto police say 50-year-old Rita Mueller of Bolton is charged with killing or injuring an animal, causing or permitting unnecessary pain and disobeying a court order.
She was sought in the killing of a Shar-Pei at a Toronto Animal Services shelter this summer.
Police say the dog was removed from Mueller's care after it allegedly bit someone, and accuse her of hanging the dog with a leash while she was supposed to prepare the pet for a new owner.
They say she fled the scene before shelter staff noticed what had happened.
Mueller, whom police say runs a dog rescue, is due in court this morning.