Mass. woman pleads not guilty to harming Chihuahua

Tuesday July 17, 2012

DUDLEY, Mass. (AP) - A Webster woman accused of slamming her Chihuahua to the ground during an argument with her live-in boyfriend has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty and other charges.

Tosha Miles posted $100 bail after her arraignment on Monday and was also barred from having pets.

Prosecutors say police went to Miles' home on Friday night in response to a call from someone reporting an argument.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that the caller told the dispatcher that during the argument a woman took a small dog and slammed it to the ground.

Police say when a neighbor asked why she threw the dog, Miles allegedly said "I'll do whatever I want." Police say they smelled alcohol on Miles' breath.

The Chihuahua, named Cujo, is expected to recover.


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