BUTLER TOWNSHIP — A Butler Township woman has been charged with killing her family’s three month old puppy in an incident that occurred in late July.
Norma J. Madden, 24, has been charged with cruelty to a companion animal, a first-degree misdemeanor, as a result of the events of July 27.
According to the incident report, Madden’s two young children, five and two years old, were trying to walk the dog with a belt around the dog’s neck. Madden’s husband, Joey, saw that the children were hurting the dog and sent the five year old to her room and spanked the younger child’s diaper.
The spanking angered Madden who then grabbed the dog and and began choking it. A struggle ensued, and another witness finally got the dog from Norma Madden, but she took it back from him and threw it against the wall.
“After that, we picked it up and it was not breathing,” the witness said in a written statement to police.
According to the statement that Joey Madden provided to police, Norma Madden laughed after the puppy died but her demeanor changed “when she knew cops were coming.”
“She said she felt bad and was crying but that she was sorry never meant to kill it. But that don’t bring puppy back or fix my daughter’s broken heart.”
Norma Madden was arraigned in Vandalia Municipal Court on August 3 where she entered plea of not guilty. A pre-trial hearing is set for August 25.
Court records show that Madden is currently on probation for theft at the Walmart in Butler Township.
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