Thirty-nine-year-old Stacey Champion attended an administrative hearing today at Minneapolis City Hall to try to reclaim the 4-month-old Schnauzer mix. But authorities denied her request.
Champion was charged with animal cruelty after postal workers discovered the puppy last month in a sealed box with no air holes. Authorities say the puppy likely would have died if shipped. Postal workers discovered the package because it was moving.
At today's hearing, Champion claimed she put air holes and water bottles in the box. She says her son was deprived of his birthday gift.
The Minneapolis Animal Care and Control shelter has cared for the puppy, named Guess, since the incident.