Local woman uses Facebook to scam pet owners nationwide, is arrested

Published 10:44 am Thursday, November 29, 2012

An Andalusia woman, believed to be at the heart of a nationwide scheme to scam pet lovers out more than $25,000 in cash and thousands more in pet supplies, has been arrested by the Andalusia Police Department.

Sharlotte Adams, the operator of Animal Aid and Rescue Resources Inc., is charged with first-degree theft of property, two counts of child endangerment and one count of animal cruelty.

Lt. Paul Dean confirmed to The Star-News this morning that police removed 26 animals, as well as the woman’s two children, from the Lori St. home late Tuesday afternoon.

Dean said Adams used the popular social media website, Facebook, to solicit the goods and cash by creating wish lists with online retailers.

Adams’ husband, Joseph, was also charged with two counts of child endangerment and one count of cruelty to animals.

The Star-News will update this story later as more details become available.