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Elizabeth Ann Catherine Combs, 48, of Hollywood has been charged through a summons with animal cruelty in court papers alleging she taped a dog’s mouth shut last month after it had eaten a live chicken.
Combs told police that she had talked to several dog breeders about her dog killing chickens before she followed advice to put one in the dog’s mouth and secure it there, so the dog would smell the bird, sheriff’s deputy Kenneth Flerlage wrote in charging papers from the May 24 investigation at the suspect’s home on Joy Lane.
Combs told the deputy that she planned to keep the dog outside for 12 hours so he would learn not to eat her chickens, and charging papers allege that she also told the officer, “If he keeps it up, I will have my husband just shoot it.”
The deputy took the duct tape off the mouth of the dog, who “was wheezing and appeared afraid” but otherwise appeared to be in good health, the deputy wrote in a charges application. There was a fenced-in chicken coop, court papers state, about 50 feet from where the dog was secured to a run line in the backyard, with no shelter, food or water.
A conviction for the animal cruelty charge issued last weekend carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.