A Newark, New Jersey woman fully admitted to throwing her neighbor’s dog into traffic during an argument over a parking space.
Haniyyah Barnes, 27, pleaded guilty to burglary, animal cruelty, and theft charges after she broke into her neighbor’s home in August 2011, stole the 2-year-old Shih Tzu, and threw her out into the road. The dog, named Honey Bey, was struck by an oncoming vehicle and killed instantly. Barnes faces up to six years in prison and $2.600 in restitution fines when she’s sentenced.
"It was a horrific crime and I think the punishment reflects that," said Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Michele Miller to The Star-Ledger Of Newark. "She broke into someone's home and killed their dog and they watched it happen. Not too many things are more disturbing than that."
During the court proceedings, prosecutors described the horrific incident, noting at how cruel Barnes was to her neighbor over something as trivial as a parking space. Barnes allegedly confronted the neighbor at her home, and when Honey Bey came to the defense of its owner, Barnes grabbed it by the throat and dragged it towards the street. Even as the dog owner pleaded with Barnes to let the dog go, Barnes proceeded to toss the dog into oncoming traffic and let the owner watch the beloved pet die.
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“She chased after you and asked you to stop, but you threw the dog anyway,” said Miller to Barnes.
Sentencing is set to take place this coming July.