Woman alleges she was shackled in dog cage chained to floor
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman who says she was taken from Florida to Maine while shackled inside of a dog cage has filed a federal lawsuit against Maine county officials and the contracted private transportation company.
Meghan Quinn says she was arrested in Florida in 2016 on an outstanding warrant in Androscoggin County in her lawsuit filed Wednesday. The 35-year-old Quinn alleges she was subsequently taken from Florida to Maine on a “zigzagging” five-day drive.
Quinn says she was shackled in a cage covered in her own blood, urine and fecal matter for most of the trip. She is seeking unspecified damages.
Androscoggin County officials say they have stopped using Florida-based U.S. Prisoner Transport.
The private company previously said an internal report found no violations of standard procedure.