The Yorkshire terrier was missing skin and hair.
A West Monroe man is facing one charge of aggravated animal cruelty after he reportedly sprayed a dog with hot water before putting her in the freezer. Photos of Bitty Boo courtesy of Sara Durbin.Ashley Mott
MONROE, La. — A Louisiana man is facing one charge of animal cruelty after he reportedly maimed his friend’s dog, Bitty Boo.
According to an arrest report for Samuel Smith, 24, Ashford Drive, investigators were contacted by the dog’s owner on Wednesday.
She said she left her Yorkshire terrier in Smith’s care at her home. Less than two hours later, she received a call from Smith saying her dog left the apartment without his knowledge and returned with injuries to his face.
The dog had severe injuries to his face and head as well as missing skin and hair. His eyes were also swollen and injured.
Per the report, the owner discovered the dog’s hair and drops of blood in the freezer section of her refrigerator.
A local vet treated the dog, but it is unclear if the damage to the dog’s eyes will be permanent.
The dog’s owner, Sara Durbin, said Bitty Boo is doing OK as of Friday, but is still shaken up. Durbin said “her heart is broken.”
Officers reported the suspect said he sprayed the dog with hot water in the bathroom of the apartment before putting the dog in the freezer section of the refrigerator for approximately 30 seconds.
The owner said the suspect also used a hair dryer on the dog after she was removed from the freezer.
Smith reportedly said he did not like the dog but did not mean to mutilate it. The affidavit states, “arrestee described his actions as just ‘messing’ with the dog.”
Bond was set at $5,000 Friday morning.
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