Woman who allegedly abandoned puppy arrested

She's charged with second-degree animal cruelty

By Lindsey Erdody, Published:

The woman who allegedly abandoned a 5-week-old puppy Tuesday has been identified and arrested.

County Attorney Rick Sparks said Franklin District Judge Chris Olds issued an arrest warrant for Stephanie Cooper late Friday afternoon.

Cooper, 43, is charged with second-degree animal cruelty.

Frankfort Sewer Department employees Tuesday morning discovered an abandoned puppy on Kentucky Avenue, according to a Thursday press release from the Frankfort Police Department.

Employees said they saw a 5-foot-2-inch to 5-foot-6-inch white female with blonde hair and slender build in a parked silver Chevrolet SUV near the entrance to the plant, according to the release.

Employees said the woman got out of the vehicle carrying a box, which she left on the bank of the Kentucky River.

When employees retrieved the box, they found a female Chihuahua puppy inside.

A veterinary examination determined the puppy was 5 weeks old and most likely would have died if left in the box.

The Franklin County Humane Society took in the puppy, and has placed it in a foster care home. One of the sewer department employees who found her is planning to adopt her, according to the Humane Society’s Facebook page.

Cooper will be lodged at Franklin County Regional Jail on a $5,000 bond and is prohibited from possessing any animals if she posts bond, Sparks said.

Sparks said he thanks the efforts from Frankfort police and the community for identifying the suspect in the case.

It is unknown when Cooper will appear in Franklin District Court for her charge.

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  • I've heard she is also a drug dealer so that is where she could have got tht kind of cash to bond out so quickly.

  • "Funny how" anonymous doesn't even know the limits of Sheriff's Office jurisdiction...which has been stated in these comments numerous times as including the entire county. anonymous don't read so good. No, that really isn't "funny", it is pathetic, and on par with their continuing mischaracterizations of my stated position, because they cannot argue that I am wrong as stated. This tactic is called misdirection. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ As the chief law enforcement entity in Franklin County, the Sheriff IS responsible for investigating all illegal activity in his jurisdiction. The fact that he apparently chooses to only investigate low level druggies at the expense of everything else going on, just like this animal abuse case, doesn't make him a "bad" person, it is just the way he rolls. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Now, some folks like what he is doing and some see feel like it is a myopic policy that squanders our tax dollars. If what the Sheriff was doing REALLY had the potential to eliminated all bad drugs, then I would be all for it. But this Drug War has been going on for 50 years, with the police using the exact same tactics as employed by the Sheriff's Office, and there are more drug on the street now than ever before. We need to rethink this thing through some, as the Sheriff's Office has apparently lost their way. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. And let me make this perfectly clear, this is NOT my "personal agenda" as anonymous contends, as I am merely agreeing with and following the lead of US Representative Ron Paul and his son, OUR CURRENT US Senator Rand Paul. They don't think this way because they believe that "drugs...are sooo good for you" any more than I do. That is preposterous. We are concerned about doing what is best for our country with the limited resources available. It only makes sense, but I regress...

  • Funny how 1713 thinks the Sheriff is responsible for everything that goes on in town. This wasn't even his jurisdiction. The Frankfort Police Department was already investigating anyways. But hey, anything to put down the Sheriff. Anything to drag 1713's personal agenda into this. Don't worry about the poor dog. Just worry about how bad the Sheriff is, who doesn't allow you to have your drugs, which are sooo good for you.

  • bodeen: "1713. Because wether you know it or not, I think most people has the gist of how our NEW SHERIFF OPERATES. He does has jurisdiction of the entire county & could had investigated this but since this emergency call was placed with the city police, they took it & did a fine job." ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... I am not so sure that most people other than a few on here get the gist of how our Sheriff operates or doesn't operate, and since that is an elected office, I think that I will keep reminding whoever may be looking in on that particular story that day. Thanks for your suggestion though, but I just happen to disagree. BTW, the call went out over the scanner which the Sheriff's Office monitors 24/7, so they could have investigated it if they wanted to, but chose not to because it didn't involve druggies. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... bodeen: "I couldn't care any less of penny ante addicts/dealers also but I do care about animals & honestly, this will be the only true punishment this woman gets." ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... I DO take exception to this comment though, as I don't care about penny ante druggies or their arrest, it is the Sheriff's policies of DIVERSION of police resources (read: my tax dollars) from investigations like this one or even more serious crimes, to their relentless pursuit of the endless string of low level druggies that I have the problem with. I am not sure what you are insinuating here, but I want to be perfectly clear when someone appears to be mischaracterizing my message. I really care about abused animals too, and my support for the humane society and Life House is evidence of it. ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Jen, the Sheriff's Office arrests druggies in the City limits all the time, so Pat could have had a lot to do with it if he had chosen to do so...which he did not. Think!

  • @1713 - the woman lived in the city limits, did she not? If that is the case, then why would Pat have anything to do with the arrest?

  • I am so happy the Franklin County Humane Society does not charge a "surrender fee" when any resident wishes to relinquish ownership and give up a pet. This woman couldn't be bothered to go to the animal shelter during a period when they are open to the public. She's scum!

  • 1713. Because wether you know it or not, I think most people has the gist of how our NEW SHERIFF OPERATES. He does has jurisdiction of the entire county & could had investigated this but since this emergency call was placed with the city police, they took it & did a fine job. They're plenty other forums to carry your crusade on & not distract from this one. I couldn't care any less of penny ante addicts/dealers also but I do care about animals & honestly, this will be the only true punishment this woman gets. Heck, she never went behind bars as far as I can tell, she was bonded out right after booking to the tune of $5,000.00. Imagine that. Had access to this kind of cash & didn't spend a few dollars to help this sick dog THAT WAS HER RESPONSIBILITY!

  • anonymous1713 comments on every topic. Get a life. go Google yourself.

  • So, bodeen, why should we keep our self-proclaimed "law enforcement Sheriff's" inaction on this hideous crime "out of this one"? This incident is a classic example of the real hideous crimes that isn't being addressed by our Sheriff's Office because he and his office (and $1.6 million in our law enforcement tax dollars) are being diverted to his obsession with penny ante drug users. By pointing this out it does not mean that the public should not cast scorn on this callous and careless woman or that she should not be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law! Everybody should email the owner of the flea market and express their feelings on this matter. I already have!

  • This pup was purchased from a booth at the flea market in Shelby County. It was sold at 4 weeks old and had parvo. It left there with little chance. Please email the owner of the flea market and let them know that the sellers actions will NOT be tolerated. dana@shelbycountyfleamarket.com

  • 1713, I will admit that I agree with you on some things when it comes to the drug war & how it is fought but your crusade would be better served on another forum. This story is too hideous to take away from the awful action that this person did. Everybody is right, this publishing will be the only true punishment that this woman will get so let the public have at her & keep the BIG BAD OVERBEARING EGOTISTIC SHERIFF OUT OF THIS ONE....:-)

  • Where was our self-proclaimed "law enforcement Sheriff" in the apprehension and arrest of this woman? Conspicuously absent!

  • Yes, that's unfortunately true.

  • Printing this article is the most severe punishments she will receive.