Woman gets 30 days jail for taping dog to fridge to get back at boyfriend

By Calvin Palmer

A former University of Colorado student who taped her boyfriend’s dog to a refrigerator was sentenced today to 30 days in jail and fined $500.

Abby Toll, 21, received the sentence after she was convicted of felony animal cruelty in April. The judge also sentenced her to 200 hours of community service and placed her on probation for three years. The charge carries up to 18 months in prison.

Police, called to a disturbance in a Boulder apartment in April 2009, found a two-year-old Shiba Inu, named Rex, taped upside down to the refrigerator.

Prosecutors say Toll used hair ties and packing tape to bind the snout and legs before taping Rex to the refrigerator.

Toll told officers she taped the dog because it had defecated on the carpet. But the arrest report said she was getting back at her boyfriend, Brian Beck, for paying more attention to the dog than to her.

Beck pleaded guilty to misdemeanor attempted animal cruelty and was given a one-year deferred sentence.

Rex has been adopted by another family and renamed Yoshi.

[Based on reports by the Associated Press and KMGH Denver.]

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