What led to Kyoko Smith, a Memphis, Tennessee teen girl killing her grandmother’s Shih Tzu and leaving the dog’s head in a dresser and its heart in a freezer?
Kyoko Smith, 18 was arrested Friday, with the woman now facing felony animal cruelty charges KJCT reports over the November 11th bloodletting.
Investigators say Smith killed her grandmother’s Shih Tzu, Lucy, by cutting off the dog’s head and putting it in a dresser drawer.
‘I really hate to hear that; why someone would do that to a dog? I have no idea. Just sad to hear, very sad to hear,’ told neighbor Kevin Gause via WMC5.
One neighbor on Millers Pond Circle, who didn’t want to be identified, told of finding Smith looking over their fence late one night, staring at their dog.
‘I asked her, ‘Hey, what are you doing?’ She said, ‘Oh, your dog is cold. Your dog is cold.’ That’s the only thing she’d say,’ the neighbor said.
Neighbors described Lucy’s owners as ‘good people’.
‘They’re good neighbors. They came over, helped me out with my yard. I help them. So they’re very friendly neighbors,’ Gause said.
According to a police affidavit, Smith admitted to one of the dog’s owners that she killed the dog. And they received pictures of the dead animal from Smith’s mother.
Smith is charged with intentionally killing an animal, a class E felony.
Neighbors say their thoughts are with the dog’s owners.
Smith is currently out on bond of $5K. The teen girl had been scheduled to appear in court on Monday.