A little puppy who was rescued from a dumpster after her owner tried to kill her has been adopted, according to NewsNet5.
Copley police officer Chris Santimarino, who fell in love with the puppy who had been through so much, adopted the little dog now known as Honey. Santimarino said “She’s now a part of our family.”
Santimarino also said he’d like to see stronger penalties in animal cruelty cases.
Arrested on December 18, 2014, Diamond Owens, 22, of Copley, told police she attempted to break her three-month-old puppies neck because the dog had bitten her boyfriend several times. Owens said she wanted to have the puppy euthanized, but since she could not afford to have it done, Owens said she tried to do it herself. Owens told police she next placed the puppy in a bag then threw her into the trash container at the Foxtail Glen apartment complex where she lived.
After a tenant about to throw out some papers heard noises coming from inside the dumpster, the tenant peered inside and saw the puppy. Apartment management was alerted, and Copley police were called out. According to the police report, Owens was surprised that the puppy was still alive.
The puppy, said to be underfed and terrified by the ordeal, was taken to a veterinary hospital in Copley to be examined. Honey, who is still less than a year old, has since fully recovered. And she is now safe in her new home with the Santimarino family.
On September 22, Owens was sentenced to six months in jail for animal cruelty.