A brief message to America: Do not put puppies in the mail.
Perhaps that statement is obvious, but a Minneapolis woman was charged with animal cruelty after she tried to send a puppy through the post. The poodle-mixed pup has been nicknamed “the parcel puppy” and is currently being held at the Minneapolis Animal Control office. Although, technically he still legally belongs to Stacey Champion, 39, the woman who tried to ship him.
“Clearly there wasn’t a whole lot of thought that went into this,” said Sgt. Angela Dodge of the Minneapolis Police Department.
Champion tried to ship the puppy last Tuesday at the Loring Post Office. She put it inside a priority mail box, known for flat rate shipping. According to CBS, postal workers didn’t know there was a puppy inside the box right away. It wasn’t until the box fell off the counter that they realized something was amiss.
“Apparently the puppy must have moved at that time and the box had shaken and fallen. At that point, the clerk and supervisor could hear a sound like panting coming from inside the box,” said Peter Nowacki of the United States Postal Service.
“They could hear it in the box, they opened the box and discovered a live puppy on there with no food or water,” said Dodge.
It seems like Champion never intended to hurt the pup and was rather channeling a Lenny from Of Mice and Men sensibility. She was trying to mail him 2-day priority in order to get him to his destination as quickly as possibly. The puppy was supposed to be a present for a relative. We could only imagine his reaction if he had actually received his gift. Nothing says happy birthday like a dead puppy.
Officials say the parcel puppy is doing fine.
Champion has until Friday to make an appeal to animal control to get the puppy back. If animal controls says she can’t have the puppy back, it will go up for adoption.
This case might increase the parcel pup’s chance of survival. We’re also a little curious what Champion would have done if she owned a rottweiler. Probably, just bought a bigger box.