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, has pleaded not guilty.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 34-year-old Jessica Dudding of Lincoln County entered the plea Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report. Her trial is February 19.
Dudding found the yellow Lab tied to a pipe in a vacant lot two days after Christmas.
Lincoln County has no facility for strays and a deputy suggested she take the dog to Wentzville. He said he wasn't sure if Wentzville would take in a dog that wasn't found locally.
Dudding told Wentzville police she found the animal in Wentzville. Her lie was revealed after the dog's owner came forward.
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