HONOLULU — Andrea Fiegle is the first person in Hawaii to be charged under a law making cruelty to animals a felony after she slit her dog’s throat because it continually sniffed her daughter’s private parts.
The Hawaiian Humane Society notified police about Fiegle when they became aware that she’d used a common kitchen item to slit the throat of her dog, Star. When they arrived at the home, Humane Society officials say the dog was already dead.
“We’ve done many necropsies over the years and this is probably one of the worst, most severe cases we’ve ever seen,” said Jacque LeBlanc from the Hawaiian Humane Society.
Realizing she was in some serious trouble, Fliegle called police to report what had happened, stating she did not mean to kill the dog. When asked if the dog was dangerous or if it had charged or bit someone, she said no, but that the dog would not stop sniffing her daughter’s crotch.
Andrea Fliegle was arrested on Sunday and charged with felony cruelty to animals in the first degree. She is free after posting $11,000 bail. Neighbors say they did not hear a commotion Sunday night, adding that Fliegle seemed like a friendly person who cared for her dog.