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OAKLAND An Oakland woman has been charged with felony animal abuse<br><br>
for killing her 6-week-old puppy by smashing its head into the<br><br>
pavement, authorities said Wednesday.<br><br><br><br>
Animal rights advocates called the July 23 death of the dog one of the<br><br>
worst cases of abuse they have ever seen.<br><br><br><br>
Oakland Animal Services shelter director Sgt. Dave Cronin said<br><br>
Wednesday that what happened to the dog "was a brutal, brutal thing to<br><br>
do. It was completely defenseless."<br><br><br><br>
Police said the suspect, Bernadette Hutcherson, 19, was walking the<br><br>
yellow Labrador retriever on a leash with some friends Sunday in the<br><br>
1700 block of 28th Avenue.<br><br><br><br>
For some reason the dog angered Hutcherson, who began kicking it,<br><br>
causing it to flip over several times, police said. She then picked<br><br>
the dog up and slammed its head into the pavement at least twice,<br><br>
police said.<br><br><br><br>
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