A woman in Virginia was accused of hanging her ex-boyfriend's dog from a tree to get revenge on the man, who was allegedly abusive to her. Yasmine Burton, 21, faces charges of animal cruelty. According to authorities, the woman admitted to hanging the puppy from her ex-partner from a tree to give a warning to the owner.
A Powhatan County prosecutor told the Richmond Times Dispatch that the woman also faces robbery charges for taking the animal without authorization from her ex's home. The puppy was 10 months old and was a pit bull named Choppo, according to reports. Burton assured authorities that he had been in a long-term relationship with his ex and that he abused her, so he took his dog to give the man a lesson. The woman is in police custody and will have to appear in court on November 27.
President Donald Trump just signed a law that makes animal cruelty a federal crime. Trump said this move would help us to be "more responsible and humane stewards of our planet." The PACT Act stands for Prevention of Animal Cruelty and Torture. "It is important that we combat these heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty," he said. Under the PACT Act, people convicted of crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling or sexually exploiting animals could face both fines and up to seven years in prison.
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