Three people are facing charges in the puppy snatching in Cayuga County.
28-year-old Tonya Henry, of Auburn, 27-year-old Ashley Montgomery (Byrne), of Auburn and 21-year-old Cheyenne Whitmore of Port Byron are charged in connection with the case of seven pit pull puppies taken on Monday. Whitmore is accused of breaking into an unlocked converted garage on Route 90 in Montezuma and taking the 8-week-old puppies. Deputies say the three suspects planned to sell the puppies for profit, which were valued at $4,900.
The puppies were found safe at a home on Dunning Avenue in Auburn last night and reunited with their owners Stefanie Hennigan and her boyfriend Tim Tandle last night. Deputies say the three suspects were not the ones who surrendered the puppies last night.
CNYCentral was with Hennigan and Tandle when they were reunited with the puppies.
Henry is charged with criminal possession of stolen property and resisting arrest. Montgomery is charged with criminal possession of stolen property. They were both arraigned in Auburn City Court and sent to the Cayuga County Jail on $500 cash or $1,000 bond. Whitmore is charged with burglary and grand larceny. She was arraigned in Auburn City Court and sent to the Cayuga County Jail on $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.
The investigation continues. Anyone with information should contact Detective Steve Smith at (315) 253-1610. Anonymous tips can be left at cayugacrime.com.