Posted February 11, 2018 08:16:18A Tucston man says he was informed to “stamp it out” by an owner after his pet went missing after a recent visit to the pet store.
Karen O’Connor told ABC News that the woman told her that if she ever saw the man again, he would be in “big trouble” because he was going to be charged with animal cruelty.
O’Connor said she contacted the city’s animal cruelty hotline, and that they did not respond to her.
O’Connor, who is a pet store owner, said that after the woman called the hotline, she started getting emails from other pet owners asking about the man’s whereabouts.
“She said that if he was still there she was going a different route with the case,” O’Connors mother, Julie O’Brien, said.
“She just said that the person was going after the guy, that he was a threat, and she wanted to stamp it out.”
O’Brien said that she called the animal cruelty line again a couple of days later, but the operator told her the woman was busy with a “major” case.
“I told her it was an urgent matter, that I needed the phone number,” O,Brien said.
“We talked about the fact that he might be involved with an animal abuse case, but I said, you know what, this is something I need to do,” O’,Brien added.
In an email to ABC News, a spokesperson for the Tucon City Attorney’s Office confirmed that the man had been charged with theft and cruelty to animals.
In an interview with ABC News affiliate KTVK-TV, O’Connell said that her husband, who she has known for more than 30 years, told her to “get out of here.”
“I said, what?
She said, I need you to go away and stop complaining,” O said.
“She told me to tell the guy to get out of the house.
I told her I was not going to do that.”
O’Common said she asked the woman why she was being so aggressive, and the woman replied that she was afraid for her life.
“And she said that because of her husband’s drug addiction she was in big trouble,” O”Connell said.
O’Connell, who said she has a daughter and three grandkids, said she believes that the owner of the pet shop may have had some sort of relationship with the man.
“He was just a nice, loving person,” O,’Connor told KTVL.
“It was a good time for him, and I don’t know why she would want to harm him.”
O”Connor, who has been the pet owner for 20 years, said the incident has not affected her relationship with her husband.
“It’s a very good relationship.
It’s been great,” O told KOVO-TV.