Prosecutors to decide next week if woman will be charged for throwing puppy away

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The Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office will decide early next week if the Muncie woman accused of throwing away her puppy will be criminally charged.

Shemika Robinson, 36, was cited for cruelty to an animal and abandon/neglect of a vertebrate, animal after a sanitation department employee found the dog in a trash bag in the back of a garbage truck on Feb. 13.

The employee, Michael Upchurch, said he and his co-worker were riding on the back of the truck when they heard whimpering coming from a trash bag. When they opened the bag, they found the cold and shivering 6-week-old puppy.

Phil Peckinpaugh, director of the Muncie Animal Shelter, said their department spoke with Robinson, who said she threw the puppy in the garbage because he had died from parvo, a contagious virus in dogs. Peckinpaugh said Robinson told him she got rid of two other puppies because of the same reason.

After Garby was discovered, he was taken to the Westview Animal Clinic, where it was determined he was suffering from low blood sugar and starvation.

The puppy was later adopted by the man who saved him.

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