It started after a dog was dropped off at the Ontario County Humane Society on December 13, and now two teens are in deep trouble. Ontario County Sheriff's Office reports that on that day at around 11:00am, a black and white Shih Tzu male dog was brought into the Humane Society by 19-year old Kaitlin Shelly and 18-year old Nicholas Zufelt, both of Canandaigua. They claimed that they had found the dog as a stray, and Shelley signed the required turnover sheet at the Humane Society.
Shortly afterwards, Zufelt's autistic brother called the shelter, claiming Zufelt and Shelley had taken the dog from him the day before and that he was watching the dog for a friend. This dog was recognized by the shelter staff as a dog that had been adopted out to another person earlier this year.
During the investigation it was also found that Zufelt had supplied his underage brother with alcohol on the day the dog was taken. Zufelt was charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the 1st degree. He will appear in Canandaigua City Court at a later date.
Shelley was charged with Offering a False Instrument in the 2nd degree. She will appear in Hopewell Town Court at a later date to answer the charge. The dog has been turned over to the Humane Society by its orginal owner.