Facebook post leads to NM animal cruelty charges

November 17, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Bernalillo County woman and her son are in trouble thanks to a Facebook post.

Sgt. Aaron Williamson with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department says a concerned citizen contacted deputies Saturday [auth] after seeing a photograph on the social media site of a tiny white dog inside a freezer bag.

Williamson says the bag was open, but the dog’s face was in the bottom corner.

Deputies tracked down Mary Snell and James Engel. The two were arrested and booked into the county jail on felony animal cruelty charges. It’s not immediately clear if they have an attorney.

Williamson says Snell admitted to placing the dog in the bag to show a friend how small it was. Engel took the picture and posted it.

Williamson says the dog named Baby was unharmed.

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