Neighbor's puppy had killed some of her ducklings

PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — A rural Nevada woman is accused of taking her children with her to abduct and kill a neighbor’s dog in a revenge killing in a remote desert area about 60 miles west of Las Vegas.

Nye County sheriff’s Deputy David Boruchowitz reported Tuesday that 40-year-old Maria Furtado of Pahrump instructed her 15-year-old son to help shoot the animal dead.

Boruchowitz says Furtado was arrested following an investigation of the Sunday incident on animal cruelty, child abuse and neglect and theft charges.

The sheriff’s deputy says investigators believe Furtado was retaliating after the puppy attacked and killed Furtado’s two ducklings last week.

It wasn’t immediately known Wednesday if Furtado has a lawyer.

She’s accused of having her 3-year-old and 15-year-old children with her during the incident.


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