A dog died following a brutal beating by a woman in New Castle, Ind., reported Thursday's publication of the Star-Press.
On Saturday, authorities arrested 27-year-old Renee L. Guerrero for allegedly beating her grandmother's dog, a German shepherd/husky mix, with a metal bar.
Guerrero claimed that the dog, named "Chance," had bitten her eight-year-old son; in fact, officials initially responded to the residence at 1800 block of North 23rd Street in response to a 911 call about the bite.
When officials arrived, they found the grievously injured and bloodied dog tethered to a shed.
The owner advised the authorities that Chance was her "guard dog," who stayed tethered by the shed. The woman told the officials that she warned visitors to stay away from the dog.
Despite the dog's obvious, severe injuries, which included a huge gash to the torso, officers saw no signs of aggression, and stated that the dog “had a friendly demeanor" to the officer.
Guerrero admitted to beating the dog, who was tethered during the attack, and claimed that she did it because Chance had bitten her son; the child was found to have two "minor" abrasions on one of his hips.
Chance was transported to a veterinarian to receive treatment, but suffered a seizure, likely from a blow to his head, and died at the clinic.
Guerrero was arrested and taken to jail, but released a short time later on bail. She is scheduled to appear in court on Monday to face her charge of cruelty to an animal.
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