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Haleiwa woman charged with felony animal cruelty

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:02 a.m. HST, Apr 30, 2013

The 36-year-old Haleiwa woman, who admitted that her pet dog died while she was trying to discipline the animal, has been charged with animal cruelty.

Andrea Fiegle turned herself in to police Sunday after she allegedly killed her pet dog for misbehaving. She is charged with a class C felony crime, which carries a maximum 5-year jail term and $10,000 fine.

Police said the suspect told them she was upset with the dog's behavior and was trying to discipline the animal when it died. The incident occurred at the suspect's Paalaa Road home Sunday. After she surrendered to police, she was arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals.

Hawaiian Humane Society Community Relations Director Jacque Leblanc said her agency performed a necropsy on the animal, but would not say what was used to discipline it and how the dog died.

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aomohoa wrote:
I saw her on the TV news and she looked beat up. I wonder if the police were really mad at her. Never take your anger out on a pet or a child. Too many people do both. If you do , you are the one with the problem.
on April 30,2013 | 09:54AM
hawaiinui wrote:
Beat up? Looked like this confused soul was "high". But of course I wasn't there. But who in the "right" mind slits their dog's throat for misbehaving and THEN calls the Humane Society to report the crime? Without a doubt there ought to be an investigation about the safety and welfare of any children in the home.
on May 1,2013 | 06:05AM
Bill808 wrote:
I just hope she actually get the maximum on this so other dog or animal owners know of the negative outcomes. She must have been really angry and or in rage to do this but she turned herself in though I guess through guilt.
on April 30,2013 | 10:32AM
kennie1933 wrote:
Not sure about this woman's dog, its temperament, or what it did, but no dog deserves to be beaten to death. Coincidentally, there is a heartwarming story on Yahoo! at the moment to show just how "human-like" dogs can be. Here is the link: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending-now/viral-video-dog-mourning-loss-her-best-friend-185111772.html?vp=1
on April 30,2013 | 11:49AM
aomohoa wrote:
I swear my dog understands everything I say to her, she just can't tell me.
on April 30,2013 | 07:05PM
kiragirl wrote:
Another news report says that the dog "sniffed" her daughter so she slit the dog's throat.
on May 1,2013 | 01:26AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Feed her dog food.
on April 30,2013 | 12:28PM
fence wrote:
Imagine what she'll do to her daughter when she "loses it". Make her get rid of the other dogs she has before she loses it again and we have more dead dogs.
on April 30,2013 | 05:43PM
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