A New Jersey woman has been arrested for breaking into her neighbor’s home and throwing her dog into traffic where a vehicle hit and killed the 2-year-old Shih Tzu.
Police say 27-year-old Haniyyah Barnes has pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, animal cruelty, and theft after admitting to breaking into her neighbor’s house over an argument about a parking space.
Prosecutors say they will recommend Barnes be sentenced to six years in prison in her sentencing hearing scheduled for July 14. She will also have to pay $2,600 in restitution to the owner and will be banned from owning an animal for 10 years. She will also be required to attend anger management and drug and alcohol counseling as part of her sentence.
As if the crime wasn’t bad enough, a Newark police officer was parked nearby and saw the entire incident. He saw the neighbor follow Barnes outside, pleading that she not hurt the dog.
Essex County Prosecutor Michele Miller says “It was a horrific crime and I think the punishment reflects that. She broke into someone’s home and killed their dog and they watched it happen. Not too many things are more disturbing than that.”
In court, Miller turned to Barnes and said “She chased after you and asked you to stop, but you threw the dog anyway.”
The entire incident began over an argument after Barnes was upset that her neighbor’s car was blocking her relative’s car parked in the driveway. Barnes reportedly kicked the neighbor’s door in and began screaming. When the 2-year-old pup, named Honey Bey, came running out and barking, Barnes grabbed the dog by the neck and took him outside.