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Pit bull burned and hung for chewing Bible

A South Carolina woman says God advised her to hang and burn her nephew’s pit bull because it had chewed her Bible and was a “devil dog,” according to animal control officers.

Miriam Fowler Smith, 65, of Pacolet Mills, S.C., remained in jail Tuesday morning in Spartanburg County, charged with felony animal cruelty, the Charlotte Observer reported.

Smith’s nephew, Andy Fowler, said he originally thought his dog, Diamond, had broken its leash and got away. But when he confronted his aunt, officers said, she admitted killing the dog.

Officers searched the property around the house and said they found the dog’s burned body under a mound of leaves and grass.

The police report said officers found an orange extension cord wrapped around the dog’s neck and noticed a kerosene smell.

Smith was arrested Sunday and charged with one count of ill treatment of animals.


Comment from Anne’n'Spencer
Time January 25, 2011 at 11:38 pm

So sad! I still have the leather bound Bible I had when I was a youngster. If you look carefully at one corner of the binding, you can see it’s a bit shredded, and there are some very small tooth marks plainly visible. They belong to a little Dachshund puppy who lived and died many, many years ago–but who is still remembered fondly. I’m sure he received a stern reprimand from my mother (Usually a pointing finger and the words “No Chew!” followed by a distraction of some sort). If this woman had really been listening to God, she might have heard, “These are my creatures. Love them as I do.”

Comment from manuel
Time January 26, 2011 at 12:58 am

If anything positive in this story is the community didn’t tolerate her act. Sadly, this woman probably suffers from dementia. She probably can’t properly care for herself let alone pets.

Comment from Starla
Time January 26, 2011 at 11:20 am

RIP Little One. So sad what people do in the name of “God”… :(

Comment from Jim
Time January 26, 2011 at 2:44 pm

“God” told her to torture and murder one of his defenseless creatures for destroying an easily replaced material object?! Some “god”! Throw the book at her!
Hey people, get a clue: If you can hear “god” speaking directly to you, seek immediate medical help.

Comment from Sue
Time January 27, 2011 at 4:12 pm

OMG! How could someone do that to one of God’s creatures!? The same thing should happen to her as she did to that poor dog…

Comment from Gary
Time February 4, 2011 at 11:50 am

Let’s get her and burn her at the stake!

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