Dog-theft case against NC woman dismissed
With her lawyer pledging legal action, a Nevada City woman linked to a dognapping scandal had her case dismissed Friday by the Placer County District Attorney’s Office.
Sally Perrie, 40, was never charged in the Roseville case that resulted in charges against three other Nevada City residents.
She was arrested at her Roseville business, causing embarrassment and legal costs, despite her claims she wasn’t involved, said Perrie’s lawyer, Monica Lynch.
Lynch said the arrest was handled contrary to a prior agreement with police – that Perrie would turn herself in – and she was targeted because she wouldn’t talk. The lawyer also said she’ll seek a rare finding of factual innocence to fully exonerate her client and expunge Perrie’s case records.
“This lady is a classy, distinguished, elegant, professional lady,” Lynch said.
Still charged in the case are Deborah and Brenna Finnegan, a Nevada City mother and daughter who had worked for Perrie.
“They were (Perrie’s) employees,” Lynch said of the Finnegans, “and they also denied that she had anything to do with the whole thing.”
A Nevada City teen-age girl is being prosecuted in juvenile court.
The three defendants are accused of stealing two West Highland white terriers Nov. 1 from the Roseville owners’ backyard.
The little white dogs – one of them a show champion – were found Dec. 5 at the Finnegans’ home after the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office got a tip, according to Roseville police.
The dog owner, Chuck Grimes, has said he and Perrie co-own a third dog of the same breed, but Lynch said the dog is Perrie’s alone.
In a phone message Friday, Deputy DA Tim Sands confirmed he declined to file charges against Perrie, although he didn’t provide an explanation.
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