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Petitioning Charlotte County Internal Affairs and 1 other
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Charlotte County: Locate and Return Autistic Boy's Confiscated Therapy Dogs

When I was arrested for driving on a suspended license, my autistic son's emotional support dogs were taken into custody as well. I was told by the officer I had 30 days to pick up the dogs. However, the paperwork given to my mother by the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County said I had only 5 days to pick them up. She called and informed them that the officer told me I had 30 days, not 5.

I was released and on the 26th day I went straight to the Animal Welfare League. The dogs were nowhere to be found, no one knew where they were and I was given numerous stories as to what had happened to these very special dogs. Charlotte County Internal Affairs said they could not offer any help in locating them. 

These are very expensive German Rottweilers. Our male is only 12 months old and our female just 6 months old. They are about to get their service licenses and be put on a national registry to work as emotional healers at children's hospitals as our way of sharing the joy and change they brought about for my son and myself. I am also high-functioning autistic and I feel that this was used as a way to take our dogs.

I want our dogs found and returned to my son!

Letter to
Charlotte County Internal Affairs
Executive Director, Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County, FL Sharon Thomas
When Marney Mckesson was arrested for driving on a suspended license, her autistic son's emotional support dogs were taken into custody as well. Marney was told by the officer she had 30 days to pick up the dogs. However, the paperwork given to her mother by the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County said she had only 5 days to pick them up. Her mother called and informed them that the officer on the scene told Marney she had 30 days, not 5.

Marney was released on the 26th day and went straight to the Animal Welfare League. The dogs were nowhere to be found, no one knew where they were and she was given numerous stories as to what had happened to these very special dogs. Charlotte County Internal Affairs told her they could not offer any help in locating them.

These are very expensive German Rottweilers. They are about to get their service licenses and be put on a national registry to work as emotional healers at children's hospitals as Marney and her son's way of sharing the joy and change these special dogs brought about for them.

Please locate these dogs as soon as possible and return them to Marney's son.

Sincerely,