Lisette Tobon, accused of selling shelter dog on Craigslist, gets probation, DA says
A Central Islip woman accused of adopting a shelter dog to sell for profit was sentenced Tuesday to 2 years of probation for falsifying information on her adoption form, authorities said.
Lisette Tobon, 23, pleaded guilty in May to second-degree offering a false instrument, a misdemeanor, the Nassau district attorney's office said.
She gave a fake phone number and address when she adopted a Pekingese named Willow from the North Hempstead Town animal shelter in Port Washington in November, prosecutors said.
In violation of her adoption agreement, she listed the 8-year-old dog on Craigslist and sold it for $200 days after the adoption, investigators said. When shelter officials found out, they were unable to reach her due to the false contact information Tobon gave, court papers said.
Authorities said Tobon went back to the same shelter for another dog, saying she wanted a companion for Willow, court papers said.
The town's shelter turned her away after confronting her about the Craigslist sale, so Tobon tried to adopt a dog from the Babylon Town shelter in West Babylon, where she was turned away also, according to the complaint against her.
Tobon was arrested in March and charged with two counts of felony first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and second-degree scheme to defraud, a misdemeanor. She told investigators she had made similar online sales of about 75 to 100 dogs, court papers said.
Nassau District Court Judge Martin Massell sentenced her Tuesday to 2 years of probation.
Tobon, who was released on her own recognizance after pleading guilty, was represented by Legal Aid.