NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey woman has been indicted on an animal cruelty charge after being accused of tossing a family’s small dog into traffic during an argument over a parking spot, killing the animal.
Haniyyah Barnes, 25, of Newark also faces charges of burglary, theft and criminal mischief.
Prosecutors said Wednesday that Barnes kicked in a neighbor’s door and threatened and assaulted a person in the incident that took place in August of 2011.
When the family’s Shih Tzu ran into the room and barked at Barnes, she allegedly grabbed the dog by the throat, ran outside and threw it into oncoming traffic.
The dog — “Honey Bey” — was struck by a vehicle and killed.
One of Barnes’ neighbors, “Andrea,” said she couldn’t believe what happened.
“That’s mad, that ain’t angry. That’s a mad woman. How could you go kick down your neighbors door over parking space when…and you don’t even own the streets? It’s psychological, to do something like that — it sounds crazy,” she told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck.
Police passing by the scene said they witnessed the whole thing and arrested Barnes.
Barnes is represented by the state public defender’s office, which declined comment. She’ll be in court on Monday.
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