A Hershey woman has been arrested in a case where a dog was stolen and its remains were set on fire.
Kathryn G. Grecia, 25, is charged with a felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals. She also faces misdemeanor counts of tampering with evidence and theft by unlawful taking.
Hummelstown police said the dog, a 1-year-old miniature pinscher/poodle-mix named Bambi, was reported stolen from a home in the borough last April. Three days later, police said a small animal carcass was discovered on fire at Grecia ‘s home in the early morning hours.
The remains were collected and tested by the state Department of Agriculture, and DNA testing was conducted to determine if the remains were that of the stolen dog.
Grecia was arrested Wednesday following the investigation.
Cassidy Blouch was Bambi’s owner. She said Grecia, an old high school friend, tried to reconnect back in April.
“She was randomly at my job and said let’s hang out, whatever, and I was like, OK,” Blouch said. I haven’t seen her in years. We came here. We hung out, had a couple drinks.”
Blouch says in the blink of an eye, Bambi vanished from her house.
“She literally helped me look for her and then was like, we’ve got to go,” Blouch said.
Blouch knew something seemed off, and suspected Grecia took the dog. Both her family and police tried to talk to Grecia, but she never answered the door.
In court documents, police said Bambi was intentionally set on fire. It’s unknown if the dog was dead or alive when that happened.
“I started bawling,” Blouch said. “It was just all carcass. It was really sad. It was really gruesome.”
“She was so sweet, the sweetest,” she said of her dog.”She was like my kid.”
Police arrested Grecia after she recently posted a video with Bambi on social media. She was arraigned on the charges then released on $5,000 unsecured bail.
“Finally, I feel like there’s going to be justice,” Blouch said.