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Alleged dog napper facing new charges

By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Jul 02, 2014 - 4:14 PM |
 Heather Zeffer takes a break before her first court date May 21. File photo.

Heather Zeffer takes a break before her first court date May 21. File photo.

Heather Zeffer charged in June with harassment, threatening

The woman accused of breaking into a Riverside Drive home in April and stealing a dog is facing two more charges.


Heather Zeffer was charged in April with break, enter and theft, possession of property obtained by crime and mischief in relation to the theft of a German shepherd.

But in a separate incident, she was also charged June 13 with criminal harassment and threaten death or cause bodily harm. These charges involve her interactions with another woman.

Northern Life asked Greater Sudbury Police for more information about the incident that led to the latest charges against Zeffer, but Staff Sgt. John Valtonen said police aren't prepared to release that information.


Zeffer appeared in court for the fourth time July 2 to answer to the charges laid against her in April.

During the court appearance, her legal representative asked that the matter be adjourned until next month so the new charges against her can be dealt with at the same time.

Zeffer is due to appear in court once again Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. in Courtroom E.


The incident that led to the original charges against Zeffer — the April 9 theft of Partner, a German shepherd — was caught on video cameras placed around the outside of the property.

When social media tips led to the alleged dog-napper, the couple who own the dog 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.

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.

Heidi Ulrichsen

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