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Adoptable dogs moved to different store after police say woman tried to steal dog, bit person at PetSmart

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Rebecca Mandap (Source: Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office) Rebecca Mandap (Source: Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office)
The adoption kennels are lined up outside PetSmart on Woodruff Road (FOX Carolina/ May 10, 2017) The adoption kennels are lined up outside PetSmart on Woodruff Road (FOX Carolina/ May 10, 2017)
WOODRUFF, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenville police said a woman was arrested after trying to steal a dog from the PetSmart on Woodruff Road store on Tuesday night after the store had closed.

According to incident reports, officers arrived at the PetSmart and found the victim pinning the suspect, Rebecca Mandap, 40, on the ground. When the victim moved off the woman, police said Mandap began to kick, flail her arms, and try to bite officers. Mandap was also cursing at officers and PetSmart employees, the report states.

Police said the victim was with Upstate Animal Rescue.

According to investigative reports, the rescue group had kennels of dogs that were up for adoption on display outside the door.

The victim told police he was in a trailer in the parking lot when a store employee notified him that a woman had taken a dog out of its cage. The victim said he approached Mandap, who was holding a dog in one hand and appeared to be hurting the animal. Reports state the woman then threw the dog to the ground and  the animal landed on its head.

The victim and other witnesses then tried to get hold of Mandap and the reports state she bit the victim twice and kicked another person. The victim and witnesses held Mandap until police arrived.

Police said Mandap was arrested and charged with larceny of dog, assault and battery third degree, and mistreatment towards animal.

PetSmart released the following statement on the incident:

We are deeply disturbed by the incident that occurred at our Greenville, South Carolina PetSmart store.  Nothing is more important than the health and safety of people, pets, our animal welfare partners, and our associates.  Katie, the pet that was impacted by the altercation, was seen by a veterinarian and we are grateful that she is expected to make a full recovery.

We will continuing to cooperate with the local police as they investigate this matter.

The Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation released a statement on Friday that the pets up for adoption have been relocated to the PetSmart location in Simpsonville.

Below is the full statement.

Earlier this week, during our attempt to find new homes for rescued abused animals, one of our trusted volunteers was assaulted while one of the animals was being stolen from its kennel outside of Pet Smart.  Thankfully law enforcement intervened and our volunteer and the precious dog are recovering. 
the Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation, with the continued help of Pet Smart, has relocated its adoption location to the Pet smart on Fairview road in Simpsonville until further notice. 
Thousands of rescued animals have found new homes as a part of our partnership with Pet Smart since 2005.   
our facility in Anderson is being renovated and this caused us great hardship, but we will prevail and find homes for these precious creatures.  We hope the public continues to support our cause by adoption, donation or volunteer work.   
-Cameron Boggs, esq. (www.boggslawfirm.com) on behalf of the Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation.  

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