FLEMINGTON, N.J. (WPIX) -- The long paw of the law is costing New Jersey taxpayers.

When 29-year-old Nicole Kelly of Flemington, New Jersey was arrested in November and charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and hindering apprehension, her Jack Russell terrier named Emily became a ward of the state.

So even though little Emily is not in the "Big House" or the "Dog House," she is in the care of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office which has already doled out $1,200 in boarding fees.

Add to that an operation Emily needs to remove a tumor and taxpayers will have to kick in another $500.

Eventually New Jersey taxpayers will be off the hook for the inmate's dog as Kelly has agreed to put the terrier up for adoption after the surgery.