Woman accused of choking dog surrenders to police
Rita Mueller, 50, is shown in a handout photo. Police are searching for Mueller in connection to the August death of a dog inside a Toronto Animal Services facility.
Published Friday, January 4, 2013 8:31AM EST
A Bolton woman who is accused of hanging her dog by its leash inside an animal shelter has turned herself into police for questioning.
Toronto police released the name of the suspect Thursday afternoon, detailing a gruesome account of animal cruelty that took place last August.
A woman walked into the office of the Toronto Animal Services on Sheppard Avenue on Aug. 24 with a dog. The woman was allegedly in a room with the animal when it choked to death.
Officials with the shelter later told police the woman left the scene at that time.
TAS had conducted their own investigation before turning over the case to Toronto police.
The 50-year-old suspect is said to own a dog rescue organization called Scooby’s Dog House and Rescue.
Police said Thursday they were afraid she could be a threat to other animals in her possession.
Investigators said a suspect turned herself in to police early morning Friday.
Rita Mueller has been charged with killing or injuring an animal other than cattle, causing or permitting unnecessary pain or injury or suffering to an animal or bird, and disobeying a court order.