- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A criminal charge against a Michigan dog owner has been dropped after her failure to renew her pet’s license landed her behind bars last week.

Becky Rehr, 47, of Cooper Township, told The Kalamazoo Gazette that the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion Monday to dismiss the case against her, and it was approved by a judge.

“No court and total dismissal!!!!!” she said in an email to the paper. “I don’t have to go to court and I get my bond money back. I’m free!!!!”

Miss Rehr was originally scheduled for arraignment Tuesday on a misdemeanor count of failing to renew the license for her 11-year-old springer/border collie mix, Dexter, The Gazette reported. The charge is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and $100 fine.

The Gazette reports that Miss Rehr finally renewed the license on June 18 — three-and-a-half months late and after repeated warnings from animal control. A few days later, she received a letter informing her that there was a warrant for her arrest.

Miss Rehr said she drove to the sheriff’s office June 23 to prove that she recently renewed the license, but she was then arrested, fingerprinted and held for three hours, the paper reported.

“They frisked me and put me in this intake cell with all these inmates in orange jumpsuits,” Miss Rehr said. “I was pretty nervous.”

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