Woman Wanted in Connection with Strangling Dog Surrenders to Police
A woman who was wanted by police in connection with strangling a dog to death has turned herself in.
Toronto Police were looking for 50-year-old Rita Mueller of Bolton. She runs Scooby's Dog House & Rescue, a dog rescue company.
Mueller is accused of hanging a sharpei named Henry with a leash at Toronto Animal Services back in August.
Police say Mueller had the rights to the dog and was in the TAS office to hand it over to its new owners.
GTA animal lovers have been raising questions about the quality of Mueller's care on online message boards for years. Police were concerned that she may have been in possession of other animals who were in danger.
Mueller turned herself into police at 31 division on Friday morning.
She is charged with: killing or injuring an animal other than cattle, causing or permitting unnecessary pain or injury/suffering to an animal or bird and disobeying a court order.
She is scheduled to make a court appearance on Friday morning.