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VIPD: St. Croix’s Alicia Eriksen Arrested Prior To Boarding A Flight and Charged With Animal Cruelty For Allegedly Abandoning Her Cat

ARRESTED: Alicia Eriksen on charges of animal cruelty for allegedly abandoning her cat.

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CHRISTIANSTED — Police say a woman was arrested at the St. Croix airport prior to boarding a flight and charged with animal cruelty for allegedly abandoning her cat in her La Grande Princess apartment.

On Friday June 30, 2017 at about 3:15 p.m. Alicia M. Eriksen, 25, was detained by police at the Henry Rolshen Airport. Eriksen was arrested based on a bench warrant signed by the V.I. Superior Court judge for the charges of first-degree animal neglect, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

According to the affidavit submitted by the VIPD animal cruelty investigator, on or around January 2017, Eriksen abandoned her cat in an apartment where she used to reside and failed to provide food and water to the cat, according to the VIPD.

After several days and/or weeks, the cat was found inside the apartment in a severe emaciated condition and taken to the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center where it was humanely euthanized by a veterinarian due to its poor condition.

While conducting a follow up investigation, the investigator learned that Eriksen also resided in a La Grande Princess home where a dog was locked up inside the house without proper care.

After making a closer inspection of the home, a medium size dog was observed inside the house in an emaciated condition (skin and bones).

Several failed attempts were made to contact the owner of the house and/or the owner of the dog which resulted in the investigator obtaining a search warrant which was later executed and the dog was saved and taken to the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center for medical treatment.

If you know of anyone neglecting animals please call the VIPD Animal Cruelty Unit at (340) 778-2211, or the anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477 or 911.

Ms. Eriksen posted a $3,000.00 bail and was released pending advice of rights hearing at the V.I. Superior Court.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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