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Former animal services officer charged with stealing pet dog

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Holland, 41, was released from the Polk County Jail on Friday after posting a bond of $1,000. Holland, 41, was released from the Polk County Jail on Friday after posting a bond of $1,000.
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A former Polk County Animal Control Officer was arrested Friday after she allegedly took a pet Chihuahua from an elderly woman.

Lori Holland, 41, is facing one count of robbery and one count of burglary.

According to a Polk County Sheriff's Office report the suspect told friends late last month that she could no longer keep the dog and was looking to place it in a good home.

On December 26th Holland gave ‘Mojo' to 82-year-old Rosa DiCesare. Three days later Holland showed up at the woman's home claiming to have more items to drop off for the pet.

DiCesare invited her in but noticed the suspect was not carrying any of the items she claimed to be brining over. Holland then told DiCesare that she was there to take ‘Mojo'

Over the next 30 minutes or so the two argued over the pet, at one point both women were pulling on the small dog. The verbal disagreement ended with Holland leaving the home with ‘Mojo.'

Friday morning the suspect was arrested by PCSO deputies and the dog was returned to DiCesare. Holland was hired by Polk County in 2008 and had worked in several positions within the organization.

Last February she was transferred to Animal Control. Thursday night after Holland heard she would be facing charges, she resigned.

Had she not stepped down she would have been immediately suspended pending termination for the incident.

Holland was booked into the Polk County Jail and released after posting a bond of $1,000.

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