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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Janice Aguilar, Oakhurst Woman, Accused of Beating Puppy to Death

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 7:35 AM

What kind of monster would beat a puppy? - KTVU
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A 39-year-old Madera County woman is sitting behind bars this morning after she allegedly beat an eight-week-old labrador retriever so badly he was later put down.

According to the press, neighbors saw Janice Aguilar beating the whimpering lab repeatedly and banging him against the sidewalk before stuffing him into her backpack. She then caught a ride, and the driver tried to take the severely injured pup, who was "crying in pain," to two different vets. However, Aguilar refused to bring the puppy in for treatment.

"The sick part of this, the witness could hear the dog whimpering, and assumed the woman wanted go to a vet. Instead she got dropped off near a park," Madera County Sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart told KTVU.

The puppy was put down by another witness, who believed that the dog was in severe pain and thought it was beyond help. "The witness felt the only thing to do was to put the animal out of its misery," Stuart said.

"I have dealt with animal neglect, but I have never dealt with such an extreme case of cruelty to an animal," she added.

Aguilar told deputies that the dog had been attacked by a pit bull. She was booked

into Madera County Jail late Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of animal cruelty and death.

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