A Pennsylvania woman was convicted Friday of stealing and euthanizing a dog belonging to her cancer-stricken neighbor.
Gisele Paris of Spring Hill was found guilty of cruelty to animals, receiving stolen property and theft, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Paris was accused of taking a Siberian husky named Thor from her neighbor’s fenced-in yard in late November 2013 and then three months later, on Feb. 10, having the dog put down in her home by a veterinarian. She insisted the dog was uncared for and unwell.
However, during the court proceedings, a veterinarian testified that Thor was healthy and had no life-threatening issues.
“I was thrilled to death she got convicted. It’s a nice Christmas present,” Thor’s owner Mark Boehler, who is being treated for esophageal cancer, told WPXI. “If somebody did that to her dog, she would be crying like a baby. She knew what she did. She took that dog.”
Paris’s attorney said his client found the dog in a vacant lot when she was out for a walk, took care of him and later had him euthanized because he was sick.
Paris, who reportedly showed no reaction to the verdict, will be sentenced on March 12 and could receive anywhere from probation to up to 10 years in jail.