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Deputies: Woman stole dog she thought wasn't being well cared for

The man called the Volusia County Sheriff's Office after his dog, Dumpling, was stolen from his Port Orange backyard in early February. Deputies said the man had received an anonymous letter two weeks earlier that criticized how he treated the animal. (WFTV)
A 75-year-old woman who's accused of stealing a man's golden retriever told investigators she didn't think the animal was being well cared for. (WFTV)
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Updated: 2/18 11:47 am
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WFTV) -- A 75-year-old woman who's accused of stealing a man's golden retriever told investigators she didn't think the animal was being well cared for.

The man called the Volusia County Sheriff's Office after his dog, Dumpling, was stolen from his Port Orange backyard in early February. Deputies said the man had received an anonymous letter two weeks earlier that criticized how he treated the animal.

Nearly a week after the dog disappeared, Dumpling was dropped off at the Flagler Humane Society by a woman who initially claimed to have found him in an alley. According to deputies, after investigating further, they determined 75-year-old Celeste Neese stole the golden retriever and gave it to the woman. When the woman saw news reports of the stolen dog, she took it to the Humane Society, officials said.

Deputies said Neese has previously watched Dumpling for the man when he was out of town and has confronted him before about how he leaves the dog outside.

When investigators were questioning Neese, she claimed she didn't know anything but said the dog "would be better off with a different family," according to officials. Surveillance video from a Volusia County Walmart showed Neese handing the dog over to the woman, who deputies said was unaware that the dog had been stolen.

Neese was charged with grand theft, dealing in stolen property and providing false information to law enforcement. She's being held on a $12,500 bond.
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Terri75 - 2/18/2014 8:47 PM
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People get dogs and lock them in a backyard and just give them food twice a day have no business owning dogs. Dogs need love, flea and heartworm treatment and vet exams not just a backyard jail all by themselves.

king kaos - 2/18/2014 12:28 PM
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You old bat, how about dont worry about your "perception" of this guys dog and fix your face so we all dont have to look at that wrinkled prune like monstrosity. You, mam, are nothing but a low life loser, stealing a mans dog, his best friend, and then dumping it on an unsuspecting woman who has to see it on the news??? How petty and disgusting are you? Very is the immediate answer that comes to mind on this side of the table. If you had such an issue with the dogs treatment why wouldnt you handle it through some legal channel? Oh, Im sure you did and they found no wrongdoing so you acted like a dog cop on your own to remedy an issue that didnt exist...
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