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Florida Woman Sentenced For Drowning 3-Week-Old Puppy In Nebraska Airport Toilet

| by Brendan Kelly

A Florida woman was given two years of probation for drowning a 3-week-old puppy in a Nebraska airport toilet. 

57-year-old Cynthia Anderson of Edgewater, Florida, was prevented from boarding a flight on Jan. 23 at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport because her puppy wasn't properly contained. 

She was seen entering the restroom and then another woman reported finding the Doberman puppy dead in a toilet. 

On Thursday, Anderson was sentenced to two years of probation at Hall County District Court in Grand Island. She also received a five-year ban on owning or living with animals and has to pay $100 in restitution.

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During the hearing on Thursday, she pleaded for mercy and probation and apologized for her actions.

"I am so very sorry, gravely sorry," Anderson said. "I am scared to death and ill because of it."

In May, she pleaded no contest to cruelly neglecting an animal, resulting in its death.

A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but it is treated as such for sentencing.

Police said that Anderson tried to board a flight in January with two small Yorkies and three small puppies. Workers at the airport prevented her from boarding because puppies younger than 8 weeks are not allowed to fly. 

Anderson then brought two of the puppies to her parents, who live in Western Nebraska. She returned the next day with the Yorkies and one of the puppies, which she attempted to hide in a carry-on bag. When she was caught, she went into the bathroom to drown the puppy. 

She was arrested after police interviewed several witnesses, including the woman who discovered the dog in the toilet. 

An autopsy conducted at the Humane Society showed water in one of the dog's lungs. 

Sources: Daily Mail, CBS News / Photo credit: Daily Mail