Parkton lost dog found

neighbor charged with theft

January 19, 2012

A case in which a Parkton woman was charged with theft of a dog in 2009 was settled before the case went to trial, according to court documents.

According to assistant state's attorney Jared Green, Leslie Slebzak was accused of stealing "D.O.G.", a 1-year-old male Brittany spaniel belonging to Parkton neighbor Billie Jo Ashe.

Ashe said she discoverd her dog in August 2010 tied up in Slebzak's garage and the dog had been neutered, according to Green.

A criminal case was filed in Baltimore County District in July 2011. The case did not go to trial.

Green said last week Slebzak agreed to a declaration of "nolle prosse," which means "we shall no longer prosecute," in which the charges were dropped in exchange for restitution. Slebzak paid $500 in restitution. Ashe said she had planned on breeding the purebred spaniel.

Slebzak's attorney, Joe Murtha, said the compromise allowed both parties to put the case behind them.

Pat van den Beemt

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