Cleveland woman broke puppy’s neck during argument, police say

DEANNA CARABALLO

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland woman is accused of killing her boyfriend’s 8-week-old puppy by slamming it against the ground during an argument.

Deanna Caraballo, 19, is charged with fifth-degree felony animal cruelty. Her bond was set Monday at $10,000 and her case was bound over for a Cuyahoga County grand jury to consider.

A fight broke out about 12:15 p.m. Sept. 30 between Caraballo and her 19-year-old boyfriend at her home in the 3300 block of West 56th Street.

Caraballo picked up the 10-pound puppy, named Smokey, with both hands and slammed him to the ground, according to police reports.

The force snapped Smokey’s neck, police reports say. Caraballo then ran off, witnesses told police.

Officers arrived and found two people in the backyard of the home getting ready to bury the puppy, police reports say. The duo brought the puppy to the officers and gave a statement to police about what happened.

The city’s animal control officers arrived and took the puppy’s remains.

Officers found Caraballo about an hour later at the intersection of West 56th and Eichorn Avenue. Officers read Caraballo her rights and asked why she killed the puppy. “I didn’t mean to,” she said, according to police reports.

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