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Puppy confined to closet dies of heat, Beaverton police say

Discussion in 'Pet News' started by testmg80, Jul 29, 2009.

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    by John Snell, The Oregonian
    Tuesday July 28, 2009, 2:48

    BEAVERTON - A 20-year-old Beaverton woman was arrested after she allegedly kept a puppy in her apartment closet for several months until the animal died in the summer heat.

    Lauren Masterson was charged with first-degree animal neglect, said Detective Pam Yazzolino, spokeswoman for the Beaverton Police Department.

    Masterson got the dog, a rat terrier puppy named Milo, and kept him confined to her apartment closet for the last eight to 10 months, Yazzolino said.

    The police report said the closet was 3 feet by 4 1/2 feet in size. Masterson told police Milo urinated and defecated inside the closet the entire time she had him.

    Masterson told police she occasionally took the dog out of the closet to play, Yazzolino said, but Milo never left her apartment at 12388 S.W. Center St.

    Yazzolino said police believe the puppy died from the recent heat. Masterson put the dog's body in the trash after it died.

    The rat terrier is a breed of farm dog commonly kept as family pets. In adulthood, they typically weigh between 10 and 25 pounds.

    Yazzolino said Masterson contacted Beaverton Police about the death of her dog, thinking she may be responsible. She was arrested and charged on Monday - her 20th birthday -and released the following day, according to jail records.

    First-degree animal neglect is a Class A misdemeanor. Masterson is slated to appear in Beaverton Municipal Court on Aug. 10, Yazzolino said.

    -- John Snell;
    Lauren Masterson
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