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A Haleiwa woman accused of killing her dog admitted to Honolulu Police that she slashed the dog’s throat.
Andrea Fiegle told police she was angry at the dog for not listening. When KHON2 talked to her, she didn’t deny killing the dog, but she was apologetic.
Fiegle appeared in Honolulu District Court with bandages on her face. So KHON2 caught up with her outside the courthouse to find out if the dog attacked her.
Manolo Morales: “What got you so angry at your dog? Did the dog attack your face, too?”
She wouldn’t answer and said she’s not allowed to talk about the case.
Manolo Morales: “What do you want to say to people about the fact that you killed your dog?”
Andrea Fiegle: “I’m very sorry for that.”
Court records show that on Sunday night, in her home in Haleiwa, Fiegle called police and told them that the dog sniffed her daughter and would not listen when she told the dog to stop. She said she couldn’t control the dog, so she lost her temper and cut the dog’s throat.
When police asked her if the dog was dangerous and if it charged or bit anyone, Fiegle said no.
The 36 year old is charged with Animal Cruelty in the first degree, which is a felony.
The Hawaiian Humane Society says it’s rare to see this type of case in the islands.
“You’re talking about an intentional act with a specific animal. I would say that this is probably one of the worst cases we’ve seen in many years,” Hawaiian Humane Society Community Relations Director Jacque LeBlanc said.
Dog training experts are appalled by the incident and say when pet owners get frustrated, they should follow the same rule as parents who get angry at their children.
“Take a deep breath, seriously take a step away. Put the dog outside, put yourself inside or vice-versa,” animal behaviorist Wendy Mah said.
First-degree Animal Cruelty is a Class C felony.
Fiegle faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.