Warning – some graphic details below.
I think most of us can understand that emotions run high in the face of a pet tragedy. If you agreed to take care of a big dog for someone who was out of town and that dog killed your little dog, you’d probably feel all sorts of negative feelings: possibly guilt for leaving the dogs together unsupervised, grief over the sudden loss of your pet, and anger at the dog who did the killing.
I can’t say what a nurse in Colorado was feeling after this situation happened in her home but she went off the deep end.
After her boyfriend’s Aussie/Lab mix, whom she was looking after while he was away, apparently killed her Poodle, 31 year old Nicole Anderson called her sister and her ex-husband to see if either had a gun. The ex-husband allegedly came over (without a gun, I’m assuming) and held the dog down while Ms. Anderson slit her throat. She then tossed both dogs’ bodies in the trash and cleaned up the place.
At the hospital where Ms. Anderson worked, co-workers reported “that she kept repeating ‘the blood, the blood’ and ‘it didn’t go well’ while at work the morning after”. In addition:
She also told one co-worker that “once we got to the trachea, it was easy after that,” according to the affidavit.
Thankfully, her co-workers called the Larimer Humane Society. Ms. Anderson has since been charged with felony animal cruelty and is no longer employed at the hospital.
Anderson’s ex-husband, Robert Anderson, was contacted by investigators via phone but did not agree to meet with police in person, according to the affidavit. There is no physical evidence linking Robert Anderson to the crime scene, and he has not been charged with any crimes, the Larimer Humane Society said.
So meeting with the police is optional during a criminal investigation? Huh.
As always, I seek to find some sort of explanation for the actions:
When co-workers asked Anderson why she didn’t take the dog to the pound, she told them it was late at night and “no one was open,” according to the affidavit.
Co-workers also said Anderson told them she couldn’t bear to put the dog in a kennel for three weeks, until her boyfriend came back, the affidavit reads.
Couldn’t bear to kennel the dog. Because that would be, what – expensive? Cruel? Less satisfying than carving up the dog’s throat?
“There was no record of Nicole Anderson calling Animal Control, police or otherwise needing emergency assistance,” according to the affidavit.
Apparently she requested no help of any kind from any authorities but rather assumed “no one was open”. The Larimer HS keeps an ACO on duty 24/7 to assist the public.