St. Louis Park animal activist faces rare ‘coercion’ charge

Star Tribune

A woman who tried to rescue animals she thought were being mistreated is now facing rare felony coercion charges over the manner in which she seized the animals.

She’d heard that rabbits were being mistreated, that a dog was starving to death. But when an activist allegedly threatened the animals’ owners with jail time if they didn’t surrender the animals to her, she was the one who was charged with the unusual crime of coercion — or what her attorney calls “the blackmail charge.”

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