Woman charged after ‘puppy found in pillowcase’ story turns out to be a hoax

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WOODSTOCK, Ill. — A woman is facing charges after her claims of finding a puppy abandoned by the side of the road inside a pillowcase turned out to be a hoax.

38-year-old Hope A. Sanchez,

38-year-old Hope A. Sanchez,

Woodstock Police Dept investigated the claims from earlier this week – that  the puppy, a male boxer mix, about five weeks old, was found abandoned along Route 14.  He was reportedly tied up  inside a pillowcase that was duct taped. When he was found he was taken to an animal shelter.

38-year-old Hope A. Sanchez, of Fox River Grove, faces a felonious disorderly conduct charge for allegedly filing or causing the filing of a false police report.

In a statement, police say  Sanchez, an adjunct professor at McHenry County College, reportedly took the puppy to a class and told students the story about finding the puppy in the pillowcase.

A student in the class contacted an animal shelter and police.

During the course of the investigation, police spoke with two people at an apartment in Woodstock.  According to the statement, in that apartment, police found nine other puppies and the puppy’s mother.  Police were told one of the puppies was given to Sanchez.

Police contacted Sanchez who initially agreed to be interviewed by detectives then turned herself in a day later after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Sanchez posted a $1,000 bond.  She is due  back in court May 12.

According to police, all 10 puppies are reported to be doing well and are at the Hoof, Woof and Meow Animal Rescue, located at 129 E. Higgins Rd. Gilberts, IL 60136 (847-836-7387), who are accepting applications for his adoption.