OAKLAND An Oakland woman has been charged with felony animal abuse
for killing her 6-week-old puppy by smashing its head into the
pavement, authorities said Wednesday.
Animal rights advocates called the July 23 death of the dog one of the
worst cases of abuse they have ever seen.
Oakland Animal Services shelter director Sgt. Dave Cronin said
Wednesday 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,