SPCA 'Baffled' Over Woman's Alleged Puppy Abandonment StoryPosted: Updated:
Krista Loudermilk was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly making up an abandonment story so the Jefferson County SPCA would take in her Rottweiler mix and her 11 newborn puppies. Loudermilk brought the puppies into the SPCA in a tied off pillowcase, claiming she found them that way on the side of the road.
"We interviewed the complainant, in this case, the woman who reported that she had found the dogs and it was found that the report was false, that it was actually her dog," said Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen O'Neill.
The Sheriff's Department charged Loudermilk with falsely reporting an incident and making an apparently sworn false statement; both are misdemeanors. At the SPCA, the incident has left a mark.
“I'm still kind of baffled because she did come in and she did surrender them and thank God that she did. She did make up an elaborate story – but the way she did it I feel is abusive,” said Heather Spezzano, executive director of the Jefferson County SPCA.
“I don't think that it's harsh enough and I hope that there are definitely some lessons learned here that we are able to help people if they would just give us a call,” said Amy Wonderly, licensed veterinary technician.
Wonderly added she feels the whole incident has been bad for the SPCA's reputation.
“I absolutely think that our reputation is taking a hit for the sheer fact that she didn't think that we would take them in because of what people told her or what social media says," she said.
It's important to note the SPCA takes in animals free of charge. The group only requests a donation.
Krista Loudermilk could not be reached for comment.