MINNEAPOLIS -- For three weeks, the Minneapolis puppy put in a sealed box and nearly air-mailed to Georgia has been kept in a shelter. That's about to change.
Guess, a 5-month-old Schnauzer-poodle mix, will be matched with its future owner on Friday in a screening process that's been adjusted because of the intense interest of many to give the puppy a home.
According to Minneapolis Animal Care and Control, the agency's adoption policy is typically first-come first-served and involves a basic screening of potential owners to ensure "an appropriate fit." In Guess' case, however, there will be a drawing of prospective owners who meet the screening criteria.
Up to 10 names will be drawn and numbered sequentially. Those people will fill out a brief screening application to determine compatibility to adopt.
The first person whose name is drawn and determined eligible will pay the standard adoption fee and proper pet license cost, then sign an agreement to have Guess neutered on "Spay Day" (Feb. 22) before taking Guess home.
On Jan. 25, Stacey Champion put Guess in a box sealed tightly with packing tape and dropped the puppy off at a Minneapolis post office near her home for mailing to her 11-year-old son in Georgia as a birthday gift.
Postal workers noticed the box was moving and heard the dog panting. They prevented the pooch from ending up dead in the frigid cargo hold of an airplane.
Champion, 39, has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. She attended an administrative hearing in hopes of getting the dog back but was turned down. She failed to post a bond Monday that would have paid for Guess' shelter expenses until her criminal case was settled. That cleared the way for Guess to be placed in a new home.
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