On the morning of December 20th, I was driving to town and almost hit a dog who was in the middle of the road. I swerved to avoid hitting it. As I looked in the mirror, I seen that the dog almost got hit again. I turned around to go try to help this defenseless, emaciated animal.

This dog had on 2 collars. One of which was a collar with the owners name and address. The second was a GPS tracking collar. I called the owner, it rang and rang with no answer. I then called non emergency sheriff office number. They transferred me to animal control. There was no answer there either. I took to social media to tell the owner I had come across his dog and would be taking it to animal control. The dog had climbed in my car, driver floorboard. I picked him up and placed him in the back seat of my car.

On my way to animal control, I had to stop for gas, as my gas light had been on since before I left my home that day. While pumping gas, I seen a truck with multiple hunters go flying past the station and then turn around. I called 911. The truck pulled up beside my car and a hunter asked if I had their dog. I told them yes and that I was on the phone with the law. 5 men then surrounded my car, started threatening to bust my windows out and calling my vulgar names. Dispatch asked me if I could get in my vehicle and lock the doors. I told them that I didn't want to unlock my vehicle while surrounded by 5 "men". One man turned away and I unlocked my driver door, got in and waited for an officer to arrive.

Only after the cashier had come out and asked me to move away from the gas pump, and after explaining and pointing how I couldn't move because there was someone standing directly in front of my car, did they finally move out of my way.

An officer with Halifax County Sheriffs Dept, as well as animal control responded. The dog was removed from my car by animal control and taken away because he said the dog was underweight & emaciated. I left when I seen the dog was getting help, after making sure with the deputy that I could leave.

A couple hours go by and the owner goes on social media, to my original post regarding me taking his dog to animal control.... and he said that animal control returned his dog.

I called to verify this and it was true. I was mad. I told the man it was wrong and that I was going to report this to the highest authority. Which I immediately called PETA.

On the 26th of December, I get a phone call from the sheriff's office that there were 2 warrants out for my arrest. 1 for "stealing" a dog. Another for "stealing a collar". I cannot afford a lawyer at this time. I also cannot afford a felony charge on my record for helping an animal who was starved and wandering the roads. I never removed the collar from the dog. I myself called the law and turned the starved dog over. I'm now facing a felony charge over this.

The dog owner was citated by animal control, and told to take the dog to a vet..... upon releasing the dog back to the owner. The dog owner originally said, while blocking me in at the gas station, that the dog had been missing for a long time which is why he was in such bad shape. How was the tracking collar still holding a charge had the dog been missing for "a long time"? He took to social media yesterday and said the dog had been running a deer, which is why the dog looked so bad.

I can't get info on this specific collar I "stole", so I can't research it specifically. Upon researching though, these collars average hold for 24-48 hours. This dog didn't get like this in that amount of time.

An out of town attorney has agreed to take my case, but being that it's a felony charge I'm facing, he's asking $5,000.00 up front. If I cannot raise this by my advisement on the 3rd of January, I will be having to use a court appointed attorney. This is a serious charge, a felony!!!! I need help and am begging for such.

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Christen Marie Waddle 
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