Fishers, IN – Sarah E. Rust, 28, has been arrested by police as a result of an incident on January 24 when her boyfriend’s dog was allegedly thrown from the balcony of their apartment. The dog, Raider, died from the injuries suffered on impact.
Police first received a tip that Rust’s boyfriend had told both a neighbor and a veterinarian who had been unable to revive the dog that Rust had thrown the dog from the second story balcony during an argument. When police questioned the man later, he reportedly told them instead that the dog’s falling from the balcony had been an accident.
During the course of the investigation, the ex-girlfriend of the man – who reportedly shared ownership of Raider – visited Raider’s gravesite only to find a letter to the dead dog written by Rust. It began:
First and Foremost Forgive me, but also forgive me and your daddy for fighting. We brought your life into our quarrel. You did not deserve to be any part of our combat. I ended your life, for which I am truly sorry my son.
Rust was arrested on Friday on a Class D felony charge of cruelty to animals and was taken to the Hamilton County Jail. She faces 5-years in prison.
“It’s important for people to know that we do take this seriously, and if you do injure an animal in anger you will suffer the consequences for that act,” said Tom Weger of the Fishers Police Department.Tags: Animal Cruelty, Indiana, Sarah Rust