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Animal Control: Florida woman bludgeoned her dog to death with a crowbar

Posted at 4:54 PM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 16:54:27-04

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida woman was arrested on Wednesday after she allegedly bludgeoned her dog to death with a crowbar. 

According to Animal Control, on the night of January 13, 2018, 55-year-old Tammy Ewing says she tried to euthanize her dog by overdosing. She gave the dog, named Sophie, Tylenol PM, and Barbituates at home. 

However, she says the next morning she woke up and Sophie was still alive. Ewing then used a crowbar to beat Sophie to death before burying her in the backyard, according to authorities. 

Animal Control says she told them she had the money to take her to a vet's office to be euthanized but didn't because she was worried it would be too traumatizing for Sophie. 

She said she did it because Sophie had a torn ACL. 

Officer Jordan Enriquez, with the Charlotte County Animal Control, exhumed Sophie's body and found evidence consistent with a beating death. 

Investigators concluded that Sophie suffered a cruel death as a result of Ewing's actions.

Ewing was arrested on Wednesday and is charged with causing cruel death with pain and suffering to an animal, a felony. They are also seeking restitution for expenses and requesting that Ewing make a monetary donation to the Charlotte County Animal Control Trust Fund. She is being held at the Charlotte County Jail on a $7,000 bond.