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VANCOUVER, Wash. » A woman who threw her boyfriend’s dog into freeway traffic last December has been sentenced to seven months in jail — and five years without pets.

The Columbian newspaper reports that Shellie Hubbard of Portland, Ore., pleaded guilty last month and was sentenced Friday in Clark County Superior Court for first-degree animal cruelty, third-degree assault and possession of methamphetamine.

Judge Barbara Johnson noted that in addition to the dog’s death, the 46-year-old’s actions endangered drivers on Interstate 205.

The incident began last Dec. 22, when Hubbard and her boyfriend began arguing. She struck him with a broken coffee mug, slicing his hand, and he pulled the car over. Hubbard let the Catahoula leopard hound dog, named Peanut Butter, out of the car, then scooped it up and threw it into traffic.

The dog was struck as it tried to walk back to the side of the road.

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