Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo
June Howarth walks Gibbs, who was back at the Springfield Humane Society on Monday.WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A dognapping incident from the Springfield Humane Society resulted in a New York resident pleading guilty to petty larceny on Thursday.
Cynthia Poitras, 29, of Hoosick was sentenced to one day in jail and given credit for the time she served overnight after she was picked up Wednesday on an arrest warrant that had been issued because she’d failed to show up for court earlier this month.
Representatives of the humane society contacted Springfield Police on Sept. 14, reporting that a woman who had expressed an interest in adopting a hound-lab mix named “Gibbs” had been allowed to take the prospective pet on a get-to-know-you walk but then had been seen by another dog walker stuffing Gibbs in her car.
After police put out a bulletin to area departments, a police officer in Charlestown, N.H., spotted Gibbs the next day alongside a local road and picked him up. At the time Springfield Humane Society Executive Director Tom Browe said Gibbs was in excellent health despite his ordeal and would once again be listed for adoption. He is still on that list looking for a home.
The humane society was contacted a few days after the theft by a Charlestown woman with whom Poitras had been staying. She told police in a sworn statement that Poitras had shown up with a dog the previous week which she claimed was a stray and suggested keeping it and naming it “Gibbs.” The woman said she realized when she checked the humane society’s Facebook page that Gibbs had been taken, and she said the description given of the thief matched Poitras right down to the clothing she was wearing that day. Whether Gibbs got away from Poitras or was let loose by her is still unclear.MORE IN Southern VermontA Springfield man was sho multiple times Saturday evening on South Street, near Jake's Market. Full StoryA judge has ruled that the owner of Santa's Land must forfeit the amusement park's signature... Full StorySpringfield police chief says bathsalts, not heroin, biggest drug problem in town. Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1249 AD, ANDRE of LONGJUMEAU is dispatched by LOUIS IX of France to meet the KHAGAN, ruler of the Mongol Empire; in 1804, during 1st Barbary War, STEPHEN DECATUR scuttles the pirate-held USS Philadelphia in Tripoli.