AR Woman Arrested for Stomping On Puppy, Killing It

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- A woman from Pea Ridge, Arkansas  woman was arrested in Fayetteville Tuesday after she stomped on a 5-week-old puppy during an argument, killing the dog.

An officer responded to a welfare concern at a home in Fayetteville, where he was approached by a distraught man, crying as he held a limp puppy in his hands, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. 

The puppy's owner, Kevin Wilburn, said 37-year-old Tonia Ingle had arrived at his home and seemed high on something. She passed out on the couch for approximately 10 minutes, and awoke gasping for air, which prompted Wilburn's original call to Central EMS.

When Ingle suddenly recovered, she became angry at Wilburn for having called EMS, according to documents from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Ingle began yelling and kicking things, so Wilburn asked her to leave the home.

As Wilburn pushed her toward the door, Ingle saw the puppy on the floor, raised her foot, and stomped on it, after which she was forced out of the door. Ingle then got in her car and left the scene. 

When an officer from the Washington County Sheriff's Office arrived, he found Wilburn standing in front of his home with his lifeless puppy.

After Ingle left the scene, she called dispatch, which transferred her to the officer on scene.  He then agreed to meet with Ingle in the parking lot of the Walmart Neighborhood Market near the intersection of Mission Boulevard and Crossover Road.

Ingle initially told the officer that she had no memory of seeing a puppy, but upon being pressed about the dog, Ingle then admitted that she may have accidentally stepped on it during the fight.

She was arrested for aggravated cruelty to a dog, cat or horse for knowingly stomping on Wilburn's puppy.

Ingle is being held at the Washington County Detention center on a $3,500 bond. 

(KNWA)
 


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