Don't get me wrong, I'm a dog-lover just like Candice A. Salvatore from Mariners Harbor in Staten Island. She says she had only the best intentions when she called 911 to report an "abandoned baby". Unfortunately when police responded they found themselves rescuing an emaciated 'pit bull puppy' on her block.

When watching my favorite court shows on television, I always hear litigants referring to their dogs as their 'baby', and the judge quickly brings them back to reality..."it's a dog, an animal". That's the message the Candice needs to get.

"I wasn't thinking that they would think it was an actual infant,"

adding that she often refers to dogs and animals as "babies."

"I didn't tell her it was a human baby. I just said it was a baby,"

The responding officers saw things differently, and correctly (in my opinion) charged her with two misdemeanors; second-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree falsely reporting an incident. Police issued her a summons to appear in court at a later date.

According to silive.com:

Ms. Salvatore said she and her neighbors on Erastina Place found the emaciated pit bull puppy by a former train trestle, and she wanted police to get there before the dog ran off, or died.

"It was abandoned in the alley... It was starving to death," she said. "His ribs were sticking out."

According to a police report, Ms. Salvatore "created substantial risk of serious injury to (the officer) responding to (the) scene."