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Sunday, Jul 23, 2006County: Alameda
Charges: Felony CTA
Person of Interest: Bernadette Hutcherson
Case Updates: 4 update(s) available
An Oakland woman has been charged with felony animal abuse for killing her 6-week-old puppy on July 23 by smashing its head into the pavement, authorities said.
Oakland Animal Services shelter director Sgt. Dave Cronin said that what happened to the dog "was a brutal, brutal thing to do. It was completely defenseless."
Police said the suspect, Bernadette Hutcherson, 19, was walking the yellow Labrador retriever on a leash with some friends Sunday in the 1700 block of 28th Avenue.
For some reason the dog angered Hutcherson, who began kicking it, causing it to flip over several times, police said. She then picked the dog up and slammed its head into the pavement at least twice, police said.
Officer Roland Holmgrem said a passerby tried to rescue the puppy, but it died a few minutes after being injured.
"You can't put a leash on a 6-week-old puppy," said Cronin. "It shouldn't have even been outside."
A necropsy on the animal determined that the skull was cracked, and the report stated that the "puppy could not have died from any other cause than a severe traumatic blow to the head," authorities said.
Animal cruelty charges can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. In this case the Alameda County District Attorney's Office charged Hutcherson with a felony because of the incident's vicious nature and Hutcherson's intent to kill, authorities said.
Hutcherson does not have a prior conviction of animal abuse.
Hutcherson was still in custody on July 26.
|Felony animal cruelty charges have been dismissed against Bernadette Hutcherson, due to lack of evidence. Last July, Hutcherson was arrested for allegedly killing her 6 week-old puppy by smashing its head into the pavement. Yesterday, the court dismissed the charges because the primary witness left the country, and was unable to be located. The District Attorney's Office will likely re-file the case if the witness becomes available.|
|Source: Docket # 521079|
Update posted on Jan 10, 2007 - 1:21PM
|The preliminary hearing for Bernadette Hutcherson (Docket # 521079) has been continued to January 9, 2007 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 112 at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse located at 661 Washington Street, Second Floor, Oakland, CA 94607.|
|Source: Alameda County Superior Court|
Update posted on Dec 12, 2006 - 4:11PM
|Bernadette Hutcherson is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9AM on Dec 5, 2006.|
|Source: Docket #521079|
Update posted on Nov 9, 2006 - 4:39PM
|County: Alameda |
Contact - Tom Orloff
Alameda County District Attorney
1225 Fallon St. Room 900
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 272-6222 phone
(510) 271-5157 fax
|Update posted on Oct 15, 2006 - 9:03PM|
- The Oakland Tribune - July 27, 2006
- Mercury Tribune - July 26, 2006
- San Francisco Chronicle - July 26, 2006
- CBS 13 - July 26, 2006
- CBS 5 - July 26, 2006
- KESQ - July 26, 2006
- ABC 7 - July 26, 2006
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