A Key West, Florida woman faces animal cruelty charges after authorities allege she used a stun gun to curb her neighbor’s dogs from barking. According to the Charlotte Observer, Shirlee Hiller has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.
On November 4, Hiller had been yelling at her neighbor’s pit bull after the dog started to bark when he heard noise and activity at a Kmart loading area located directly behind where the dog lived. The dog’s owner, Permelia Smith told police that seconds after her dog started to bark, she heard a “bug zapping noise” and when she looked outside, she was horrified to see her dog “going nuts” as the dog bounced against the six-foot fence while Hiller jabbed a long black electrified stick, thought to be a stun gun, through a hole.
“The dog had blisters, bumps and redness on the inside of his legs, hips and groin consistent with being exposed to an electric weapon,” wrote the responding police officer when he arrived at the home located on Patterson Avenue.
Hiller, 53, denies she stunned the dog and contends she only threatened her neighbor. The black and white friendly dog was treated at the Florida Keys SPCA and does not have any permanent injuries. Authorities found a black cane “electric weapon” in Hiller’s home. If found guilty of animal cruelty, the defendant faces up to one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. Hiller posted a $1,500 bond after she had been booked into the county jail.
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(Photo of Hiller mug shot)