I don't know this woman, whatever opinion I hold doesn't really matter. But i'm skeptical for a lot of reasons already mentioned. If AR people, why just one dog? were there more? is it shoddy reporting? are reports, aren't reports? It was confirmed? by who, and how did they confirm it?
Just went thru a similar case in the GSD world. Rather prominent AWDF and UScA judge. A lot of you probably heard about it too. Lots of stories surrounding that one too and in the end, it looks like it was nothing but an accident and two sides assumed the worst in each other and stories and rumors took off from there. I had extended family members and friends donating money to find the the people that had "stolen, killed, and then dumped his dog back by his training field". I dont' know how much money was raised, but I'm guessing if other people had a typical response myself and friends had, it was more than just a few thousand dollars.
I do know a lot of those people involved in that story, and happen to think assumptions got the best of "both groups". and still today, here we sit with no answers and the two sides even further entrenched in their initial assumptions.
Forgive me if I don't fall easily for a story I can see ten thousand holes in.