They gave her the dog — and a short leash.
A Queens-based animal rescue group is suing a Connecticut woman to claw back a pooch it gave to her last year — claiming she flouted its strict directions on caring for the pooch.
The legal dogfight between Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue and Cheryl Baity for custody of her adorable 6-year-old mixed-breed, Lambsy, kicked off in Stamford Superior Court Tuesday.
The Bayside group turned Lambsy over to Baity in October 2018 for a 30-day “foster-to-adopt” period, according to the group’s suit.
The group claims the Darien woman signed an agreement acknowledging she did not yet technically own Lambsy, and that she would keep the skittish furball out of public places for two weeks while she acclimated — terms Baity allegedly ignored.
She herself told Abandoned Angels founder Dolores Rodrigues about Lambsy’s early jaunts — which didn’t seem to concern Rodrigues at the time.
“She’s doing really well. We went to HomeGoods and Home Depot, and she was a champ,” Baity texted two days after Lambsy changed hands. “Right now we are at the park.”
Rodrigues simply replied, “Thank you.” But then Lambsy broke away from Baity at a park a few days later — going missing for about a week, and Rodrigues was barking mad when she found out.
“You have been texting us all along, at all hours of the night, yet you failed to notify us of such a critical matter?” wrote Rodrigues in another message revealed in court. “There is NO EXCUSE for saying NOTHING while trying to FIX this disaster yourself, especially as you are still in the foster period and not the dog’s legal owner.”
The group then started probing other statements in Baity’s adoption application, including that her three previous dogs had died of old age — and claims it found she fatally struck one with her car and another died of renal failure.
In an earlier complaint, Abandoned Angels says it got this information by going so far as to contact Baity’s father — though that detail was later removed.
Baity insists she didn’t kill a dog with her car and tried to save the other. “It is a lie to create a smoke-and-mirror story,” Baity told The Post. “It is the cruelest thing to say to someone, because I spent thousands of dollars in medical care including holistic treatment.”
She also insists she never signed the contract. “The entire lawsuit is based on a fraudulent foster-to-adopt contract that I never signed,” Baity said outside the court. “I was never fostering Lambsy.”
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