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Postal workers save puppy in box woman tried to mail
The postal worker was stunned when the package moved by itself and fell to the floor. Then came the sounds of heavy panting.
MINNEAPOLIS — The postal worker was stunned when the package moved by itself and fell to the floor. Then came the sounds of heavy panting.
Within minutes, she and co-workers had unwrapped a tightly sealed box and rescued a 4-month-old puppy that a Minneapolis woman tried to mail to Georgia.
“It’s just crazy,” said Minneapolis Police Sgt. Angela Dodge.
The air holes the woman punched in the box were covered up with mailing tape, and the Priority Mail trip would have taken at least two days, she said.
“It was supposed to be a birthday gift for a family member. It would have been kind of traumatizing to get a dead puppy,” Dodge said.
The dog would have been dead on delivery, agreed police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer. “I’ve been doing this for 17 years. This is a new one on me.”
The woman, Stacey Champion, declined to tell police why she mailed the puppy, Dodge said.
Champion paid $22 to send the black poodle-Schnauzer mix named Guess to Georgia via Priority Mail, said Thompson Ojoyeyi, supervisor at the post office at which the puppy was mailed. The worker who accepted the package asked all the standard questions: Any perishables, liquids, hazardous materials?
Champion said no, but she cautioned postal workers to “be careful, be careful” as they handled the box because “it was so delicate,” Ojoyeyi said.
On the outside of the package Champion wrote: “This is for your 11th birthday. It’s what you wanted,” he said. She also said that if sounds came from the package, not to worry, it just contained a toy robot, Ojoyeyi added.
When the box began moving and making noise, workers called a postal inspector — the Postal Service’s enforcement arm — and got permission to open the package, Ojoyeyi said.
Guess “was so happy to get out,” Ojoyeyi said. “We gave him water and he drank so fast.”
The Postal Service will ship some live animals such as bees, coldblooded animals, chicks and ducklings.
Champion was cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty and has 10 days to appeal. She also returned to the post office to demand a refund for the $22 she paid to mail the puppy and money she had attached to a makeshift dog collar.
Postal workers nixed the refund and told her to contact law enforcement about the collar currency. “We asked her, ‘don’t you want to know about your puppy?’ But she said no. She just wanted her money back,” Ojoyeyi said.