Taxpayers pay bills for suspect's dog, too

March 11, 2009 5:02:31 AM PDT
The cost of arresting Nicole Kelly is adding up for New Jersey taxpayers thanks to her dog. The 29-year-old Flemington resident has been in jail since she was arrested in November on charges of conspiracy to commit burglary and hindering apprehension.

And her dog has been a ward of the state.

The Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office is paying $1,200 in boarding fees racked up by the Jack Russell terrier named Emily.

Meanwhile, Flemington will have to pay to remove a tumor that was discovered on the dog. A veterinarian is charging less than the usual $500 cost of the operation.

Kelly's family has agreed to put the dog up for adoption after the surgery.

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger

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