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Penfield woman charged after service dog held for ransom in Seneca Falls

On Wednesday at 10:57 p.m. police arrested a 34-year-old Penfield woman in Seneca Falls following an investigation into the theft of a service dog in August.

According to the Seneca Falls Police Department, Cortney Race, 34, of Penfield worked with a co-defendant to steal a service animal from a Seneca Falls resident.

They say the animal was a dog; and was held under threat of harm until the victim agreed to pay for the dog’s safe return.



Police say the dog was eventually returned unharmed. However, Race could not be located. A warrant was issued for her arrest and this week – was taken into custody after being released from Onondaga County Jail.

Race was charged with third-degree coercion, fifth-degree conspiracy, third-degree criminal facilitation, fourth-degree grand larceny, and petit larceny.

She was processed and transported to the Seneca County Correctional Facility.

Race is due back in court at a later date to answer the charge.



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