NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, November 6, 2015, 8:13 PM
A Houston-area woman who alerted social media to a dog with its mouth tied shut on her neighbor’s balcony said her good deed got her locked up.
Amber Cammack spent 14 hours in Harris County jail after her pictures and posts about a pit bull mix named June and dubbed “Porch Pooch” by concerned animal lovers, she said Thursday at a news conference outside the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
The images she posted show the dog with a rubber band around its snout and wearing a diaper while confined on the balcony. Yet Harris County Deputies said Cammack included other Villas of Westador condominium residents’ personal information in the posts and arrested her amid reports of harassment Monday, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Prosecutors dropped all charges against her and released her Tuesday morning. But Cammack and around 25 supporters protested her arrest and Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson’s decision not to pursue animal cruelty charges for June’s owner on Thursday, KHOU-TV reported.
“I was treated like a hardcore murderer-felon. I was thrown in a tank with the rest of murderers, the drug dealers,” she said as supporters waved placards for Porch Pooch. “I’m disgusted with the fact that I can’t report a crime and nobody’s helped the dog.”
Anderson countered the group’s claims of abuse with a taped statement of her own on the D.A.’s Facebook page. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals investigated alongside local law enforcement, and a veterinarian found June to be in good health, Anderson said.
“As the owner of a beautiful dog named Ellie, I do not condone how this dog was treated,” she said. “But under Texas law, there is no probable cause to warrant criminal charges.”
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