RRPD officer seen interacting with slain dog suspect days before arrest
KOB.com Web Staff
April 16, 2018 05:22 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It took several days for police to catch up with the woman they say left five dogs in a vehicle to die. The suspect, Sara Mauter was found in Arizona, but newly released lapel cam video shows that she could have been arrested sooner and much closer to home.
Sometime around 8 p.m. on April 4, Rio Rancho police got a call about something suspicious at a local gas station. An officer says he found mature and Shaun O'Donnell standing outside the gas station with several dogs.
Both reportedly told the officer they were hired by breeder Annette Rosenow through Craigslist to transport her dogs to Texas. That's when the officers got a hold of Rosenow and put her on speaker phone. During that conversation, Rosenow mentioned her five other dogs that were supposed to be transported and the fact they were found dead inside an SUV earlier that day in northeast Albuquerque.
Rosenow: "I mean who killed the dogs? Who's responsible for that?"
Mauter: "Annette, I don't know what's going on right now. I just want to get your dogs to you. I don't want any of this mess."
Rosenow: "Why did you leave my car there?"
Mauter: "Annette, can we just figure out what's going on right now?"
At one point in the body camera video, Mauter mentioned something about losing a key. The officer then told Rosenow to find someone to pick up the dogs and van she had rented for Mauter and O'Donnell to use. At that time, Rio Rancho police say they didn't have any information about the dogs being found dead earlier that day.
Rosenow: "Ok, you should arrest them for animal cruelty."
Officer: "I don't have that information on what was on the scene at that time."
In the end, Rosenow reportedly wanted Mauter and O'Donnell to complete the transportation.
Officer: "She's saying that she's willing to still trust you and for you to finish the job."
Mauter was found in the Phoenix area almost a week ago. She has been charged with five counts of extreme animal cruelty. According to jail records, she still has not been booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center.
KOB.com Web Staff
Updated: April 16, 2018 05:22 PM
Created: April 16, 2018 04:37 PM
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