Dogwood drive child therapy dognapper caught after dumping dog in Jersey

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HOCKESSIN, DE – On April 6th, 2021, patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Dogwood Dr, in the community of Skyline Orchard, for a theft report. When the officers arrived, they learned from the victims that on April 5th their 6-month-old Pyredoodle has gone missing.

The Pyredoodle was a therapy dog for the victim’s child. The victims stated that they searched throughout the night with negative results. Using various social media platforms, they reported their dog missing. The next day, they were contacted by witnesses in Pennsville, NJ who said they recovered the canine on the side of the road.

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The victims then went to Pennville and retrieved the dog. While they were there a witness informed them that their dog had been dumped from a large black Chevy SUV with a DE registration plate. The SUV then drove off abandoning the dog. The officers were able to determine that the SUV belonged to a neighbor.

Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit assisted and were able to discover additional evidence. The detectives then authored and swore to an arrest warrant for the neighbor, 63-year-old Cynthia Yalisove.


On May 14th, 2021, Cynthia was taken into custody at her residence and transported to New Castle County Police Headquarters. There she was charged with one count of felony Theft $1500 or Greater and arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2. She was subsequently released on her own recognizance. Additional charges for Animal Cruelty were also drafted by Pennsville Police Department (NJ).

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