Jan 26, 2011
A South Carolina woman has been charged with animal cruelty after she hung and burned her nephew's dog because it chewed on her bible.
Miriam Fowler Smith, 65, told police that God urged her to kill one-year-old pit bull Diamond because it was a "devil dog" that was bound to hurt children in the neighbourhood.
Smith's nephew had left the dog at the home he shared with his aunt on January 9 while he went away.
When he returned on January 15, he could find no trace of the dog. When he confronted his aunt, she admitted to killing the animal.
Smith later confessed to police that she wrapped an extension cord around Diamond's neck, hung the animal from a tree and then set her on fire using kerosene.
Police found the dog under a pile of grass with part of the cord still wrapped around the dog's neck, authorities said.
Smith could face up to five years in jail if she is convicted of animal cruelty.