Animal control officer arrested for stealing dog from elderly woman

Lori Holland 
By: Hydar Tomar 

An animal control officer in Florida, was arrested after she was accused of grabbing a dog from an elderly woman.

The elderly woman, who is a nun, had received the dog as a gift, officials said.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Lori Holland, 41, of Winter Haven, Florida, had a one-year-old Chihuahua, named MoJo.

When Holland no longer wanted the dog she gave it away to an acquaintance. The acquaintance then gave the Chihuahua to the 82-year-old nun, who was recovering from a triple bypass and recent hip surgery.

Three days after giving the dog away, Holland wanted it back. That’s when she went to the elderly woman's house, saying she wanted to leave more items, deputies said.

When she arrived at the elderly woman’s house, Holland said that she was taking the dog back because her son misses it, according to deputies.

As Holland started walking away with the dog the elderly woman grabbed the dog back. After a tug-of-war, Holland forcibly took the woman's dog authorities said.

Holland was arrested after the elderly woman called the police. After her arrest, Holland resigned from her position as an animal control officer.

Holland was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of robbery and burglary. She has been released on bail.