FLEMINGTON, N.J. (WPIX) -- The long paw of the law is costing New Jersey taxpayers.
When 29-year-old Nicole Kelly of Flemington, New Jersey was arrested in November and charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and hindering apprehension, her Jack Russell terrier named Emily became a ward of the state.
Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office which has already doled out $1,200 in boarding fees.
Add to that an operation Emily needs to remove a tumor and taxpayers will have to kick in another $500.
Eventually New Jersey taxpayers will be off the hook for the inmate's dog as Kelly has agreed to put the terrier up for adoption after the surgery.