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Prosecutors drop charges against accused dognapper

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A woman charged with stealing a sick dog from her neighbor's yard walked out of court Tuesday.

Prosecutors agreed to drop the theft and trespassing charges against Ann Lam.

See Woman charged with taking dog.

Instead, she was only cited for disorderly conduct which is a city ordinance violation.

Chatham County Recorder's Court Judge Claire Cornwell-Williams also told Lam she did not have to pay any court fees or fines.

In October, Lam took a pit bull named Mann out of her neighbor's yard because he appeared to be very sick and neglected. The dog later died.

Lam said she is glad the district attorney's office decided not to prosecute her.

"I was very grateful, very grateful," she said.

And Lam said this experience has changed her. "It smartened me up on how to do if I find another animal. I'll go the right way," she said, adding that means getting animal activists involved.

Lam's attorney Doug Andrews, donated Lam's legal fees to local animal shelters.

As for the dog's owner John Crosby, he has been cited for tethering, failing to get the dog's shots and committing animal neglect.

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