PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Pittsburgh woman accused of stealing a dying man’s dog and having it put down weeks later was in court Thursday.
Mark Boehler, battling Stage 3 cancer, came to court with many questions for the woman accused of stealing his dog, Thor, and having the husky euthanized.
“Who made her judge, jury, and then executioner of the pets in the neighborhood? When did that become her job? That’s what I want to know,” he asked.
Giselle Paris though, flashing reporters the peace sign, claims the animal wasn’t being properly cared for and that she was trying to help.
Boehler is not convinced, and every chance he got to confront her verbally, he did.
Like when she went to waive her right to a preliminary hearing on charges, including theft and resisting arrest.
“Thanks a lot,” Boehler yelled. “I hope you can sleep at night.”
But once she waived that hearing, a constable was waiting for her with handcuffs based on outstanding warrants involving the licensing and rabies vaccinations for her own dog sometime last year.
Once again he could not contain his emotions.
“Dog killer. Yeah, thanks. He’s in the grave now. He’s in the ground or whatever dumpster. If anybody should be on a leash, it should be you,” he yelled.
In the end, though, her lawyer thought there was an element of grandstanding in an emotionally charged case.
“We were in court,” said attorney Robert Mielnicki. “They couldn’t have addressed those citations in court when we were in court? They couldn’t have taken her in custody and out the back while we were in court? It’s a coincidence that they slap handcuffs on her while you guys have the cameras rolling as she walks out the door? Come on.”
While Paris waived the charges to trial, she faced an additional charge of cruelty to animals.