From Staten Island Live:
A dog-lover from Mariners Harbor says she had only the best intentions when she called 911 to report an “abandoned baby” so police would save an emaciated pit bull puppy from her block on Tuesday afternoon.
“I wasn’t thinking that they would think it was an actual infant,” Candice A. Salvatore, 27, told the Advance, adding that she often refers to dogs and animals as “babies.”
“I didn’t tell her it was a human baby. I just said it was a baby,” she said.
The responding officers saw things differently, though — charging her with two misdemeanors, second-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree falsely reporting an incident. Police issued her a summons to appear in court at a later date.
After police arrived, she told an officer, “I needed to spice it up to get you guys to come faster,” the report reads. Ms. Salvatore received medical treatment after the arrest, according to police. She told the Advance she couldn’t breathe, and was suffering from pneumonia.
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