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.