ECHO PARK — The two women suspected of stealing a dog named Fannie from its owner after posing as animal cruelty officers face up to eight years in state prison if convicted of the charges filed last week, according to the L.A. County District Attorney.
Jenny Smiley, 51, and Shannah Tenner, 53 were charged with one count each of felony first-degree burglary and extortion, and one misdemeanor count each of grand theft of a dog and unlawful use of a badge. Both woman pleaded not guilty in court last Friday and are scheduled to return to court on June 10 for another hearing, according to City News Service. Both woman are free on bail.
“Prosecutors said the pair wore green shirts with badges and went to the home of the pet owner in Echo Park on April 14,” according to a District Attorney press release. “The two women allegedly told the man that he would be deported if he didn’t turn over the dog.”
Fannie was returned to her owner, Cesar Aguilar, in early May after a person told police she had overheard the suspects discussing the incident.
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