I can’t believe how some people can either be so cruel or have no capacity to think of the consequences of their actions, but, according to Star Tribune, Stacey Champion, a , 39- year old woman from Minneapolis, tried to ship a 4-month old poodle–schnauzer-mix puppy as birthday present to a family member in Atlanta.
The puppy was put in a USPS Priority Mail Box, and, although Champion punched some air holes in the box, she covered them up with mailing tape. Moreover, the puppy had no food or water. According to postal workers, priority mail takes 2 days for delivery. The puppy would have arrived dead from asphyxiation and lack of food and water.
“It’s just crazy,” said Minneapolis Police Sgt. Angela Dodge. “It was supposed to be a birthday gift for a family member. It would have been kind of traumatizing to get a dead puppy,” Dodge said. “If you don’t identify it so that it can be handled properly, it goes into the cargo hold of an airplane. It gets 40 below in those cargo planes that get up 40,000 feet. And there was no food or water. Puppies can’t go for long periods without food or water.”
The puppy would have been dead on delivery, agreed police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer. “I’ve been doing this for 17 years. This is a new one on me.”
Champion, upon being questioned the standard questions, “Any perishables, liquids, hazardous materials?” answered “no.” She did, however, tell the postal worker to be careful with the box, because it was very delicate. She forewarned that if the box moved or noises would be emanating from it, it was only because the box contained a robot.
Luckily, the puppy managed to wiggle and make enough noises to alert postal workers to call the postal inspector, who gave them the green light to open the box. Once the box was opened they were stunned to see a puppy inside.
Even though the postal service will deliver some live animals such as bees, certain small and harmless cold-blooded animals, chicks, and ducklings, it is illegal to send cats and dogs through the mail.
The puppy, named Guess, is at the city’s animal control facility and will be up for adoption if Champion declines or loses her appeal. So far, Champion declined to tell police why she decided to mail the puppy. She even tried to get back the $22.00 postage she paid.