CHICAGO (CBS) — A community college instructor has been charged with felony disorderly conduct, after she told her class she found an abandoned puppy inside a duct-taped pillowcase, but it turned out she made up the story.
Woodstock Police began investigating after one of Dr. Hope Sanchez’s students informed police of her story.READ MORE: FDA Approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Ages 12 To 15
Police said Sanchez, an adjunct instructor at a McHenry County College, had told her class she found the puppy in the pillowcase while riding her bike on U.S. Route 14 in Woodstock. She brought the puppy to class, and her students called Hoof Woof and Meow Animal Rescue in Gilberts, which took in the puppy.
After learning about the puppy’s rescue on the news and social media, two people at a Woodstock apartment complex called police and told them the puppy was part of a litter their dog had given birth to in March.
Woodstock Police Chief Bob Lowen said the couple gave one of the puppies to Sanchez, who is a therapist and doctor of psychology, because she was working with their child.
Police were able to confirm the puppy Sanchez claimed to have found was from the couple’s litter, and after questioning Sanchez, prosecutors authorized an arrest warrant for one count of felony disorderly conduct for causing the filing of a false police report.