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Polk animal control officer accused of stealing dog

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A Polk County animal control officer is facing robbery charges.  Investigators say she stole a dog from an elderly woman.

The senior citizen says she'd quickly become attached to the Chihuahua, and was willing to fight to keep the dog.

82 year old Rosa DiCesare, a retired Catholic nun, is a dog lover who is happy to have the Chihuahua named "Mojo" back in her Lakeland home.

She had the one year old dog for less than a week when the person who gave up the dog said she was coming to her home to bring a collar. Apparently, she had second thoughts about giving up the dog.  The two ended up getting into a physical struggle over "Mojo".

Rosa DiCesare said, "So we fought over him believe it or not... she released him and I sat in the chair I just talked to him... and so I told her to."

The other person involved is forty-one year old Lori Holland, an animal control officer with the Polk County Sheriff's office, until now.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said, "She took the dog and now we took her to the county jail for that because it is wrong. we hold out people to a higher standard and we also terminated her employment."

Not expecting to get "Mojo" back, DiCesare's nieces decided to get her another Chihuahua to ease the pain. Now that "Mojo" was returned, she has two new dogs to look after -- dogs she calls her babies.

Holland is now facing one count of robbery and one count of burglary. She has bonded out of the Polk County jail.

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