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Woman Charged With Theft of Autistic Boy's Therapy Dog | Care2 Causes

Woman Charged With Theft of Autistic Boy's Therapy Dog | Care2 Causes

A northern Illinois woman, Betty Peltier of Antioch, has pleaded guilty to stealing a therapy dog used to assist an autistic child . Peltier has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge as part of a plea agreement and must perform 100 hours of public service and be under court supervision for one year. Peltier is charging with taking a Chihuahua, “Peanut,” when the dog wandered from its home, and not returning it to the boy’s family until the boy’s mother offered a reward. In recent years, more and more families have found that therapy dogs have been a real support to their autistic children. The dogs can help soothe and calm an agitated child who may, like my teenage son , not be able to communicate distress. As suggested in recent news reports , it is not uncommon for autistic children to wander and therapy dogs can help keep a child safe, by alerting parents and oth...

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