Animal officer vs. nun in tug of war over Chihuahua
What’s behind an unlikely feud over a tiny pooch.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Lori Michelle Holland just wanted her MoJo back.
The Polk County animal-control officer had raised MoJo, a 1-year-old Chihuahua, but put him up for adoption before Christmas, saying she had too many dogs.
On Dec. 29, however, she decided to get him back. So Holland went to the Lakeland home of the 82-year-old disabled nun who had adopted MoJo and explained, in tears, that she loved the pooch, that her 9-year-old son missed him, and that his rightful place was with her.
The nun, Rosa DiCesare, however, had already fallen in love with MoJo, too, and was unwilling to let him go.
The women argued for 30 minutes, according to a Sheriff’s Office report, and when the nun tried to lift the dog from Holland’s lap, they both pulled — tug-of-war style — on the animal.
The nun let go, fearing MoJo would be hurt. But a few days later, she filed a complaint. Holland, arrested Thursday, was accused of robbery and burglary.
Authorities returned the dog to DiCesare on Friday. In the interim, family members got her another Chihuahua, Zeus, she said. And she already had a 13-year-old Chihuahua, Sister Girl.
“I’m going to keep all three,” the nun said of her pets.