Hockessin Woman Charged With Stealing Neighbor’s Therapy Dog

On April 6th, 2021, patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Dogwood Drive, in the community of Skyline Orchard, for a theft report, police said Tuesday.

When the officers arrived, they learned that a child’s therapy dog, a 6-month-old Pyredoodle had gone missing the day prior. The victims stated that they searched throughout the night but were unable to locate the dog. Using various social media platforms, the family reported their dog missing. The next day, the family was contacted by people official describe as witnesses in Pennsville, New Jersey. The witnesses said they had recovered the dog on the side of the road.

When the victims arrived in Pennsville to retrieve the dog a witness informed them that their dog had been dumped from a large black Chevy SUV. The SUV had a Delaware registration plate, according to police. The SUV then drove off abandoning the dog.

When officers determined that the SUV belonged to the victim’s neighbor.

Officials said Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit assisted and were able to discover additional evidence. The detectives then authored and swore to an arrest warrant for the neighbor, 63-year-old Cynthia Yalisove.

On May 14th, 2021, Cynthia was taken into custody at her residence and transported to New Castle County Police Headquarters. There she was charged with one count of felony Theft $1500 or Greater and arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2. She was subsequently released on her own recognizance. Additional charges for Animal Cruelty were also drafted by Pennsville Police Department.

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