Gisele Paris, Spring Hill, Pennsylvania, is facing jail time after she stole her neighbor Mark Boheler’s Siberian Husky named Thor from the man’s back yard on Thanksgiving Day last year and had it euthanized.
The 58-year-old, who has a Cocker Spaniel herself, called a licensed veterinarian to come to her home where she had him put the animal down.
Mr. Boheler was going through cancer treatment at the time and pleaded for Thor’s safe return because at first he thought that the dog was just missing. The he found out that his Husky pet was dead and was left devastated.
Paris’ lawyer argued that her client had taken the dog for a walk but then took it in to care for him because she thought he was being neglected. She told the jury that Thor was “tired and thirsty” and was eating out of a trash can.
Paris then testified that she took Thor into her home, cleaned it and then took it to the Animal Rescue League where no one claimed it. However, the prosecutors said that Paris had taken it to Penn Animal Hospital and when she was told that it would cost $600 for an operation, she had it euthanized instead. (Scroll down for the video report.)
1. Gisele Paris (pictured leaving court today), is facing jail after she stole her neighbor’s Siberian husky called Thor from his back yard in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania on Thanksgiving Day last year.
2. Her attorney claimed that she believed the dog was sick and neglected so had it euthanized in her home by a licensed veterinarian.
3. Initially the dog was thought to be missing, but when the owner was going through treatment for cancer, he found out it had been killed.
4. Mr. Boehler posted on Facebook at the beginning of Paris’s trial. He testified against her during the case.
Mr. Boheler told WPXI:
I was thrilled to death she got convicted. If somebody did that to her dog, she would be crying like a baby. She knew what she did. She took that dog. I hope she does time for it so she can sit in jail and think about what she did.
He added that he believes Paris buried his dog’s remains and wants them returned to him.
Pittsburgh Police Officer Christine Luffey, who arrested Paris in February, said she agreed with the jury’s decision. She said:
The jury got it right. I have spoken to Mark Boehler throughout this whole ordeal. Every time we talked, he cried.
After the guilty verdict, Paris was placed under house arrest and is only allowed out of the house to walk her own dog. The sentence varies from probation to 10 years in prison.
5. Mark Boheler was going through treatment for stage three cancer at the time and pleaded for the dog’s safe return because he initially thought his beloved pet was just missing.
6. A police officer said that every time she spoke with Mr. Boheler about the case, he cried.
7. After the guilty verdict was passed, Mr. Boheler said he was thrilled with the outcome and hopes she is given jail time as a result. The most severe sentence would be 10 years in prison.
8. Following the guilty verdict, Paris was placed under house arrest and will only be allowed out of the house to walk her own dog.
9. She was arrested in February (mugshot) after police received a tip that the vet had visited her house.
And here is the video report:
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