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Gwen Samms, president of SCAPA, was charged in March last year for theft after refusing to return two dogs to its owner. (CBC)

Charges against the head of a no-kill animal shelter in Stephenville were dropped in court on Wednesday morning.

Gwen Samms, head of SCAPA, was charged with theft after she refused to return a dog to its owner in March last year.

In January 2013, RCMP in Port aux Basques took two huskies from a home in Cape Ray and brought them to the shelter.

Police later decided the dogs could be returned to the owner, but when the owners didn't show up to claim the dogs, the shelter assumed it had ownership.

When police and the owner later showed up to take the dog, shelter employees refused to release the animal, thinking they had legal ownership.

Samms' lawyer Steve Marshall, with St. John's firm Roebothan, McKay and Marshall, said the court withdrew the charges.

Marshall said both sides of the case decided it wasn't worth the court's time after discussions with the Crown's office.

According to Marshall, the firm took on the case free of charge.