Judge's ruling puts an end to saga over ambulance station dog

Sara Longenberger told police she took the dog after overhearing two EMTs talk about harming it


By EMS1 Staff

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The saga of an ambulance station dog is over, according to a federal judge.

PennLive.com reported that U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane dismissed the false arrest and invasion of privacy suit a woman filed from being charged with stealing a dog named Tootsie Roll, a Jack Russel Terrier-Pug mix.

The dog was purchased by Bridgette McGivern for her mother. After her mother died, she gave the dog to Chelsea Bensinger, who worked at AREA Services, a 24-hour ambulance business.

Bensinger would bring the dog, who coworkers called Life Saver, to the station. The dog had been living at the station for about a month when Sara Longenberger took it. She told police she took the dog after overhearing two EMTs talk about harming it, according to the report.

The police officer told Longenberger to return the dog, but she refused and was later arrested. A county judge dismissed charges of theft and receiving stolen property against her.

Longenberger, who filed a lawsuit against the city; the police chief; a local newspaper, its owners and a reporter, still has the dog, according to the report.

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