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Ex-owner of dog found in Ikea lot due in court today

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Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 04:02 AM

The Mr. Snuggles case returns to court this afternoon.

A disposition involving the dog's former owner, Amy Chantarak, is set for 1:30 p.m. today.

Chantarak was arrested in May after police found her dog, then named Mr. Snuggles, locked in her car in Ikea's parking lot during the home furnishing store's grand opening.

A disposition on a first-degree misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty is scheduled for today, Chantarak's 20th birthday.

Chantarak has pleaded not guilty.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of a year in the Hillsborough County jail.

The dog was taken by Hillsborough County Animal Services officers and was adopted to a new home after Chantarak surrendered ownership last month. The new owners renamed the dog Teddy.

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