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Incident Date07/12/2014 - 4:06 PM
AddressPet World (2148 W. Beltline Hwy)
ArrestedFemale, age 26, Madison
Pet owner was arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Unlawful Trespass and Resisting/Obstructing.
DetailsThe officers never suggested she drop the guinea pigs, but they did urge her to kindly put them down on the pet store counter. In the end, the combative suspect ended up throwing a small box containing her two pets at the officers. "I'm sorry, babies," she said during her scuffle with police.
It all took place Saturday afternoon, when the 26-yer old Madison woman walked into Pet World, 2148 W. Beltline Highway. She was intent on leaving her docile members of the rodent family with those guinea pigs already for sale at the store. It was not clear why she wanted to do this, but no matter the reason, the manager told her it was not possible. He explained that if she no longer wanted her pets, the Dane County Humane Society would be the appropriate place to take them. The woman scoffed at the suggestion, telling the manager this was not his store but rather one belonging to animals.
He feared the faceoff could be evolving into a physical confrontation and called for police. Officers spent a good deal of time trying to coax the woman to at least leave the store so they could talk with her about her situation. She refused, and this led to the tossing of the box.
Many Pet World employees were in the area as it landed, and one was able to push the pets to safety, as their owner kicked and shouted at police.
The guinea pigs came out of the standoff unscathed, but their owner ended up going to jail. The store manager told police he would temporarily take care of the pets and give them to a good home if their owner truly no longer wanted them.
Released 07/14/2014 at 1:47 PM by PIO Joel DeSpain
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