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Case ID: 17637
Classification: Throwing
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Prosecutor(s): Kurt Deile
Defense(s): Brad Zunker
Judge(s): Donald J. Venne

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Thursday, Mar 24, 2011

County: Anoka

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Holly Colleen Boyd

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

Holly Colleen Boyd was already in a bad mood when Fridley police came to her apartment last week to break up a domestic incident involving a male friend with whom she lives. Police advised her friend to hang out someplace else until things cooled down. But 45 minutes later, the friend received a disturbing text from Boyd, according to criminal charges filed Monday.

"The dogs killed. It also broke it's neck I think," she said.

When the friend returned to the apartment, he found their newly purchased Chihuahua puppy in its bed, limp and bleeding from its ear, the charges said. The skull was broken in several places and its bowels protruded from its belly.

Boyd, 28, was charged with felony animal cruelty. She told police she was mad at the puppy because it urinated on her leg and the couch, so she threw it at a dresser in front of her couch, the charges said. Police said she showed no remorse when explaining the dog's death.

Animal cruelty charges are unusual in Anoka County, but a man was recently prosecuted for shooting a dog with a crossbow, said Paul Young, head of the county attorney's office's violent crime division. In St. Paul, a man was convicted in 2008 for throwing a kitten he believed belonged to his girlfriend against a wall. The kitten died, and he received seven months in the workhouse.

Last year, Minneapolis started a program that allows people involved in domestic incidents to bring their animals to the local animal shelter. Police can also bring an animal immediately to the shelter during a domestic incident.

The penalty for felony animal cruelty is up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Boyd was arrested Thursday, but is no longer in jail. She couldn't be reached for comment Monday.

Boyd is accused of killing the puppy about 10 a.m. Thursday. She and her friend had just received the puppy, which was a few weeks old, the complaint said.

When police arrived at their apartment, they asked Boyd's friend to leave because they wanted to break up a domestic situation between him and Boyd, the complaint said. He went to a friend's apartment upstairs and received the text about his puppy's death about 45 minutes later.

Boyd's friend called police and told them his puppy was dead. Officers questioned Boyd, who initially said the puppy ran into the leg of a coffee table, the complaint said. She then admitted she got mad after the puppy urinated on her leg and the couch, "so she picked the dog up and violently threw it" at the hutch/dresser that was in front of the couch, the complaint said.

The puppy hit the hutch/dresser in the handle area and then went limp. She threatened to sue the police for false arrest when they brought her to jail in connection with the puppy's death, the complaint said.

She is scheduled to appear in court April 21.

Efforts to reach Boyd or Archambault by phone Monday afternoon were unsuccessful, and the Anoka County District Court had no attorney for Boyd on file.

Case Updates

A woman accused of throwing her puppy against a dresser, killing him, pleaded guilty this week to animal cruelty.

Holly Boyd, 28, of Fridley, Minn., could receive up to three months in jail when she is sentenced Nov. 29. Her trial had been scheduled to start Monday.

She didn't give a reason as to why she accepted the plea agreement, Assistant County Attorney Kurt Deile said. She will participate in a pre-sentencing investigation and a psychological exam, he said.

Boyd's last court appearance in April brought more than 20 protesters to the Anoka County Courthouse. They packed the courtroom after marching outside with signs demanding a strict sentence in the case. Boyd was charged with felony animal cruelty for allegedly throwing Diesel, a 2-pound Chihuahua, against a dresser and killing him because the dog urinated on her leg.

The dog's skull was broken in several places and his bowels protruded from his belly, according to the charge. Before the April hearing, a tearful Boyd told the Star Tribune that she had not killed the puppy and that the publicity had been excruciating. She bought the dog from a friend four hours before it died.
Source: - Sep 30, 2011
Update posted on Sep 30, 2011 - 12:04PM 


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