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Woman accused of leaving dogs to die back in custody

Erica Zucco
May 25, 2018 05:12 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A woman accused in the deaths of five dogs is back in custody after she failed to show up at court on Monday. She's now facing more charges.

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Sara Mauter is wanted for animal abuse and shoplifting, and earlier this week she had a bench warrant on the books.

Authorities say Annette Rosenow hired Mauter in April to transport five dogs to her new home in Texas. Instead, police say surveillance video shows Mauter leaving dogs in an SUV with the windows rolled up. The dogs were found dead hours afterward, and Mauter was found in Phoenix days later.

Mauter failed to appear in court Monday. The court gave her another chance to show up, and the district attorney's office said Friday that she did. They learned that on May 18, officers cited her for shoplifting just three days before she skipped out on her court hearing.

A judge decided Mauter won't skip her first appearance for that case because she'll be held in jail until then. The district attorney's office says a date is being scheduled, likely next Tuesday or Wednesday.

Rosenow, meanwhile, was sentenced to 23 days in jail through a plea agreement for breeding without a license in Torrance County.

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