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An Avondale woman arrested on charges of dealing marijuana is reacting to allegations of animal cruelty by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office after deputies revealed she fed marijuana to a three-month-old Chihuahua puppy.
We first reported Thursday night about the Sheriff's Office bust at AZ Medical Massage.
Deputies seized almost 10 pounds of marijuana, thousands of dollars, two cars and a pink revolver.
They also took possession of the Chihuahua after the owner admitted to deputies she fed the dog marijuana to "keep him calm".
"I'm a twenty-five year PETA member and a vegetarian for 25 years," said Susan Dianetti, 54. "The last thing I'd ever do is hurt an animal. I've even been taking care of my neighbor's dogs because they've been having hard times."
"I love my little baby, I've had him for three weeks and I just love him, so I don't abuse animals dude."
The dog is currently in custody of the Sheriff's Office.
Dianetti was arrested along with her employee Eric Howard, 29.
Both are charged with conspiracy, money laundering and marijuana possession with the intent to distribute.
Three others were cited and released at AZ Medical Massage Thursday night.
As for the drug related charges she faces, Dianetti failed to offer specifics.
"Not anything I can really talk about at this time. I really can't talk about it but thank you and I might in the future," she said.
Dianetti says she will return to the Sheriff's Office on Monday to try and reclaim her Chihuahua.
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