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Woman accused of stealing neighbor's dog, attacking animal services worker

Virginia Dougherty faces multiple charges. (Source: LMPD) Virginia Dougherty faces multiple charges. (Source: LMPD)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A woman was arrested after allegedly attacking an animal services worker who was trying to take a dog from her home.

Virginia Dougherty was seen on video taking the dog from her neighbor's home in the 2100 block of Keeneland in Louisville, according to Dougherty's arrest report.

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Louisville police and Louisville Metro Animal services were contacted, and one of Dougherty's family members arranged a time for an LMAS worker to pick up the dog.

When the worker arrived and put a leash around the dog's neck, Dougherty said, "You're not taking the ***ing dog," the arrest report said.

A struggle over the leash ensued and at one point Dougherty fell backward over some furniture, but didn't let go of the leash, causing the choking dog to "stand on its hind legs ... no longer able to make breathing sounds."

Eventually, Dougherty's brother-in-law pulled her off the animal services worker, who was able to get out of the house with the dog.

The worker suffered minor injuries, and the dog was not seriously injured, according to the arrest report.

The incident took place in October, but Dougherty, 52, wasn't arrested until Wednesday. She now faces several charges.

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