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Second court date set for alleged dog-napper

By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life

 | May 21, 2014 - 10:46 AM |
Heather Zeffer waits outside the Sudbury Court House for her first court appearance. Photo by Heidi Ulrichsen.

Heather Zeffer waits outside the Sudbury Court House for her first court appearance. Photo by Heidi Ulrichsen.

Accused, victim involved in confrontation outside courtroom

A 50-year-old woman accused of breaking into a Riverside Drive home and stealing a dog last month had her first court appearance May 21.

A second court date for Heather Zeffer has been set for 1:30 p.m. June 4, in courtroom B.

She has been charged with break, enter and theft, possession of property obtained by crime, and mischief.

After the brief court appearance, Zeffer and the dog's owner — Neil Haskett — were involved in a heated exchange outside of the courtroom.

Haskett was heard to say inside the courtroom, “What did you say?” as Zeffer was leaving the courtroom.

He repeated his question to Zeffer outside of the courtroom, and she replied “Stop bullying me.”

Haskett then complained to court security that Zeffer was talking to him, despite court orders. The security officer told Haskett to “stop talking to her.”

The incident that led to the charges — the April 9 theft of Partner, the Haskett family's German Shepherd from their home — was caught on video cameras placed around the outside of their property.

When social media tips led them to the alleged dog-napper, they filmed the dramatic confrontation on their cellphone.

In the days after the incident, Zeffer contacted Northern Life, and said she took the dog out of concern for its health. However, the vet's office she brought Partner to said he appeared to be in overall good health.

A 19-year-old man is also facing charges in connection to the same incident.

He was charged with break, enter and theft, breach of recognizance, and breach of probation.

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Heidi Ulrichsen

Heidi Ulrichsen

Staff Writer


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