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Newark woman pleads guilty to throwing neighbor's dog into oncoming traffic

Barnes faces up to six years in prison after pleading guilty on Tuesday to animal cruelty, burglary, and theft of her neighbor's four-pound Shih Tzu.
Barnes faces up to six years in prison after pleading guilty on Tuesday to animal cruelty, burglary, and theft of her neighbor's four-pound Shih Tzu.
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A four-pound Shih Tzu named Honey Beh died on Aug. 27, 2011 after Haniyyah Barnes of Fabyan Place tossed the tiny dog out into traffic after arguing with the dog's owner over a parking spot. On Tuesday, Barnes pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, burglary, and theft reported NJ.com.

The argument started when the neighbor and dog's owner had permission to share the driveway. A car belonging to one of Barnes' relatives was blocked. In a rage, Barnes broke into the neighbor's home, grabbed the two-year-old little dog by the neck as she began to bark in defense of her owner, and then Barnes heartlessly threw the dog out onto the road of oncoming traffic. Honey Beh died instantly while her owner watched in horror.

Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Michele Miller stated:

“She broke into someone’s home and killed their dog and they watched it happen. Not too many things are more disturbing than that."

The owner begged Barnes not to hurt her dog.

A police officer on local patrol witnessed the horrible deed and arrested Barnes.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 2014. Assistant Prosecutor Miller recommends six years of prison, $2,600 in restitution to be paid to the victim, require anger management and drug and alcohol counseling, and that Barnes be banned from owning or having in her possession any animal for the next ten years.

"It's so disturbing to think some woman could escalate such rage and kill a tiny defenseless little dog over a parking spot," stated Meg Lewis of Cincinnati, Ohio who has been following the case closely for years.

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