Woman pleads ‘no contest’ in Echo Park poodle-napping case

Fannie reunited with owner | LAPD

Fannie reunited with owner | LAPD

ECHO PARK — Saying she had the best of intentions, a woman pleaded no contest Tuesday for unlawfully using a badge to take a poodle-mix named Fanny from its owner, according to ABC7.

Shannah Tenner, 54, was accused of posing as an animal cruelty officer, along with Jenny Smiley, and taking  a poodle named Fannie from Cesar Aguilar last April in Echo Park. Tenner said they heard the dog was being abused.

Tenner said she had merely meant to ask Aguilar to give up the dog, and to tell him they would give it a good home. But Tenner said her partner, Smiley, translated it differently, telling Aguilar in Spanish that she would report him to authorities to have him thrown out of the country if he ever got another dog.

The prosecutor said the women wore green shirts with badges.

Tenner paid her fines on Tuesday, and has already completed more than 120 hours of community service.

Read more at ABC7.

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