Jessica Dudding and her family were out looking at Christmas lights in Lincoln County, Missouri, when they saw a Yellow Lab tied to a pipe in a vacant lot. The dog was just sitting there with no one around. Since the temperature was well below freezing and dropping, Dudding called the police. However, the sheriff’s deputy who arrived wasn’t much help:
A deputy told Dudding the county had no facilities for strays, and Dudding said she couldn’t keep the dog herself because she already had two of her own.
The deputy told her the nearest shelter was in Wentzville in St. Charles County, but he wasn’t sure they would take a dog from Lincoln County.
Dudding took the dog to the Wentzville Police Department, and that’s where she made a fateful decision: to ensure that the dog would have shelter, she lied about where she had found it.
The dog’s owner eventually claimed Diesel, but now Dudding faces a misdemeanor charge for lying to the police.
What do you think? Does the intent mitigrate the crime, or should Dudding just accept her fate as the price for doing the right thing?