Woman Risks 10 Years in Prison for Freeing Dog Left in Cold

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Bettina Cuce-Rodriguez of Virginia Beach is set to be put on trial for removing a dog that was chained up in a yard.  She and two others are being charged with dog larceny, because they wanted to free a dog that was a victim of abuse.

The incident happened in January of 2015.  The dog in question is one reported to have been left outside in all kinds of weather with no adequate shelter, and was also forced to go long periods without food and water.

Cuce-Rodriguez has a long history of dog rescuing.  In fact all four of the Cuce sisters have something to do with dog rescue in one form or another, so one might say rescue runs in the family.  So, when the news about the poor dog was brought to her attention, she couldn’t think of anything else to do but act naturally.  She had to rescue the dog.

She said that she had been in contact with local animal services, however there never seemed to be any action taken.  It’s not like she thought of going on to someone else’s property and steal a dog, but after feeling like she had exhausted every possible other option, she did what she felt she needed to do.

The trial is underway, and if convicted on the felony charges, she faces possible jail time and some pretty hefty fines.  What is more concerning to her is the way that she’s being vilified in the situation.  She’s being bashed on multiple forms of social media and blogs, being called an extremist and a vigilant.

The case has really fueled the debate between people that are willing to save any and every dog they come across, and those that believe that there is a line when it comes to this kind of thing, and she has most definitely crossed it.  There’s even a clear split in the dog rescue world regarding the subject.  How about you?  Are you willing to go to any length to save a dog you feel is in need, or is there a clearly defined line that simply must be observed, and never crossed?  Share your comments with us below, or on our Facebook page.

574 thoughts on “Woman Risks 10 Years in Prison for Freeing Dog Left in Cold”

  1. You go girl. Anyone who I’ll treats Any Animal should be put on trial. And if the animal welfare won’t act it is up to people of good conscience to help. What was she supposed to do wait for them to decide it was worth it then visit multiple times to give warnings meanwhile the dog dies. ” oh well we did what we could ” all to familiar excuses and not good enough

  2. It’s a shame that this HERO may be punished…The animal abusers who leave their animals out in the cold ARE the abusers and THEY should be punished, left out in the cold the way they do their animals…If they don’t know better or don’t care enough, they should NOT have the privilege of being entrusted with animal care….What is WRONG with people? What is WRONG with society where animals are considered “property”…HORRIBLE……..PUnish the abusers, not the hero, for gosh sake……

  3. She trespassed on someone’s property and obviously you people have no care for the rights of the property owner whether he was abusive or not. Digs do not belong in the house the whole time they are animals they can be outside get over it she should be put in prison

  4. Local animal services? The system, that more than likely the tax payers fund, failed.
    The officials running the local animal control need to publicly answer to someone.


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