Woman accused of dognapping from animal shelter - FOX 13 News

Woman accused of dognapping from animal shelter

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A week after nearly 50 dogs were taken from a Spring Hill home because of deplorable living conditions, the former owner of the dogs said she's been accused of stealing three of them from Hernando County Animal Services.

"They're just trying to build a case and put it on me," Naoma Britten said. "I'm not guilty. I am not guilty."

Britten said a Brooksville Police Detective questioned her Wednesday about three dogs that went "missing" from the shelter.

She signed 21 dogs over to Hernando animal authorities last week, including the three that apparently vanished.

"I had nothing to do with it," she explained. "I don't know anyone over there. There's no reason for me to try to go back in there and get these dogs back. That would be crazy."

Twenty six other dogs were taken from Britten's home and sent to various shelters to be put up for adoption.

Britten said the detective asked her if she was working with "anyone on the inside" of the shelter to help free her dogs, to which she responded, "No...I'm happy to know that these animals have been able to get the help, and get to the homes where they need to be."

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