37-year-old Justina Robinson, of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been arrested after she beat her 11-month-old service puppy, Izzy, with a hammer.
The dog survived the attack, but sadly had to be euthanized due to the severity of his injuries.
“He was an 11 month old little chocolate lab retriever mix and to see the pain and anguish in his eyes and in his face, thinking what is happening to me, is gut wrenching,” Nicole Bawol, Executive Director of the Erie Humane Society, told Your Erie.
Erie Police arrived at Robinson’s home after she called in a burglary. She initially told police that someone had broken into her home and beat her puppy.
“What my humane officer saw was cold blooded murder. It was horrific. It was absolutely the worst thing I have ever seen in the 4 1/2 years I have worked in the animal industry,” Bawol told Your Erie.
Police noticed inconsistencies with Robinson’s story, and several calls from people in the community led them to bring her back in for more questioning.
During this third interview, Robinson finally confessed to beating the dog. She also admitted to making up the story about the burglary.
Robinson now faces several charges including one felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals, misdemeanor counts of possessing an instrument of crime, cruelty to animals, and false reports to law enforcement.
Robinson also had other animals in the home, but they are all safe and out of Robinson’s possession. The two remaining dogs were taken in by their previous owner, and her cat is now with the Erie Humane Society.