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Pittsburgh police charge woman accused of stealing dog with assaulting officers

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Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 10:15 p.m.

A Spring Hill woman is accused of assaulting two Pittsburgh police officers who were attempting to arrest her Tuesday on charges of stealing a dog from a neighbor police say is terminally ill.

Gisele Paris, 57, is charged with aggravated assault, theft and related crimes. She is accused of stealing Thor, an 8-year-old husky, last fall and then assaulting the two officers when they tried to arrest her as she was walking another dog near her home.

Paris refused to tell police what became of Thor, city police Officer Christine Luffey said. Luffey asks that anyone with information about the husky call her at 412-488-8425.

According to a criminal complaint:

Thor was stolen sometime around Thanksgiving from the backyard of the neighbor.

Paris took Thor last month to the Penn Animal Hospital in the Strip District where several staff members recognized him because he had been undergoing treatment at the facility in the past year. When they asked Paris where she got the dog, she became belligerent and left before the animal could be treated.

When officers questioned Paris on Thursday, she admitted having Thor but said the dog was not there.

Paris, who was awaiting arraignment in Night Court, is accused of kicking Luffey several times in the legs and another officer in the chest when they went to arrest her Tuesday.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or



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