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Police: St. Petersburg woman kills pit bull puppy with toss over fence

ST. PETERSBURG — Police say a St. Petersburg woman killed an American pit bull terrier puppy Thursday after flinging it over the fence of her home.

The woman and her live-in boyfriend got into a fight around 9:30 p.m. Thursday as he moved his belongings and a crate holding a litter of 2-week-old puppies from the home, 3074 19th Ave. S, to his vehicle, police said.

Police spokesman George Kajtsa said the woman, Towana Tolbert, 23, grabbed Danyel McShay, 38, opened the crate, and pulled out a puppy, holding it an arm's length.

"He asked her to put it down," Kajtsa said of McShay, who breeds the dogs.

"In a fit of anger," Kajtsa said, Tolbert tossed the puppy into the air and over the fence. It died upon impact.

McShay estimated the puppy to be worth more than $1,000.

Police charged Tolbert with animal cruelty.

She remained in the Pinellas County jail Friday on $5,000 bond.

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Police: St. Petersburg woman kills pit bull puppy with toss over fence 04/16/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 16, 2010 11:37am]
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