Woman 'kills dog by throwing it into oncoming traffic after owner blocked her car in driveway'
A woman has been indicted after allegedly killing a dog by throwing it into a stream of oncoming traffic following an argument over parking.
Haniyyah Barnes was apparently furious with a neighbour who blocked in her car which was parked in the neighbour's driveway, and took her anger out on the dog after it emerged to watch the commotion.
But a relative of the accused woman says she 'wasn't in her right mind' at the time, and suggests she might have been drunk during the rampage.
Barnes, 25, was arrested immediately following the incident in Newark, New Jersey in August last year, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
She had apparently returned home to find her mother's car blocked in by the car of the neighbour who owned the driveway and allowed Barnes to park there.
In her anger, she kicked down the neighbour's front door and started screaming at the 31-year-old woman in an attempt to persuade her move the car.
The neighbour's two-year-old Shih Tzu, Honey Bey, then ran to the door and started barking at Barnes - in order 'to protect its owner', according to police.
Barnes allegedly picked up the dog, ran out of the house and threw her into the path of oncoming traffic.
Honey Bey was killed instantly, which was apparently 'devastating' for the family that owned her.
Barnes was arrested at the scene after a passing police officer apparently saw her 'launch the dog' into the road, and she now faces charges of animal cruelty, burglary, theft and criminal mischief.
If found guilty, she could face up to 15 years in prison.
One of Barnes's relatives said that the suspect had grown up with dogs around the house, and would not deliberately hurt animals.
The relative added that Barnes 'wasn't in her right mind when she did it', and said that she had been drinking before the incident.
The defendant is out on $35,000 bail and is due to be arraigned on Monday.
Source: Daily Mail