Puppy Problem: Woman Accused of Drowning Dog in Airport Restroom

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A Florida woman is facing a felony charge for allegedly killing a puppy at a Nebraska airport. Cynthia V. Anderson, 56, was arrested after cops say she drowned a puppy in a Nebraska Regional Airport bathroom so she could board a plane.

Police say Anderson tried to board a plane on January 22 with two dogs in crates and three newborn puppies in a carry-on bag;  she was denied boarding and returned to the airport the next day. After being denied boarding with a puppy, Anderson drowned it in a toilet, then tried to flush the body, while the Central Nebraska Humane Society was enroute to the airport.

“It’s disheartening because we were only a mile away,” executive director Laurie Dethloff said.

Dethloff credits airport patrons with alerting airport staff to what Anderson was allegedly doing. “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 to so when we’ve had the public involved we’ve had good results with prosecution,” she said.

A preliminary hearing has been set for February 10.