Woman accused of drowning puppy in Nebraska airport bathroom

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb.- A Florida woman could spend five years in prison after police say she drowned a puppy in an airport bathroom.

Cynthia Anderson, 56, is charged with animal neglect resulting in death.

Anderson tried to board a plane at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport on Thursday with two crated dogs and three newborn puppies in her carry-on. She was turned away from the flight, but returned the next day with a puppy and denied access again.

Police said that’s when she drowned the dog in a toilet at the airport, then attempted to flush its body.

“Their priority was for the well being of an animal and that’s a powerful statement. There’s a lot of things that go on that we don’t have enough eyes or ears so when we’ve had the public involved, we’ve had good results with prosecution,” said Laurie Dethloff, executive director of the Central Nebraska Humane Society.

The two adult Yorkshire terriers and the two other puppies are safe, while the deceased dog’s body is considered evidence.

Anderson appeared in court on Monday, and told the judge she suffers from osteoporosis, depression and anxiety.

“We just hope that my sister-in-law gets the help she needs,” said Anderson’s brother-in-law, Gary Bodenheimer. “So upset that this has happened to that little puppy. It’s hard for us to understand.”

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