(AP)  COLUMBIA, S.C. - A Spartanburg County woman has been charged with felony animal cruelty, accused of hanging her nephew's pit bull with an electrical cord and burning its body after the dog chewed on her Bible, authorities said Monday. 

When questioned by police and animal control officers, Miriam Smith told them the female dog named "Diamond" was a "devil dog" and she feared it might harm neighborhood children, according to an incident report from the county's Environmental Enforcement Department. 

Smith, 65, was arrested Sunday and remains in the Spartanburg County jail. Bond has not been set. Officials said she doesn't have an attorney yet and there was no phone number listed for her Pacolet Mills home. 

She faces 180 days to five years in prison if convicted. 

Authorities said the 1-year-old dog was kept outside on a chain and chewed the Bible that had been left on Smith's porch. The dog's remains were found under a pile of dried, cut grass. Part of the orange cord was still around the dog's neck and a smell of kerosene still hung in the air, the animal control officer wrote in her report. 

The dog was killed about two weeks ago when Smith's nephew was forced to spend several days away from home because of winter weather in the area, authorities said. 

Smith is the first person is Spartanburg County to face a felony charge under South Carolina's tougher animal cruelty law, said Jaime Nelson, director of the county's Environmental Enforcement Department. 

Smith's mental state will likely affect what kind of penalties she faces, Nelson added. He said he was stunned by how flat the woman's emotions sounded as she recounted on tape what happened to the dog. 

"She just acted like - what's done has been done," Nelson said.



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Comment by Ryan E. Hoffman on January 27, 2011 at 2:38pm
I heard about this on the news. Very sad to hear. I just don't have words to describe the disappointment I feel towards this woman as a human being.
Comment by Andrea on January 27, 2011 at 6:56pm
Her mental state? Believing in that crap = automatic insanity plea?
Comment by Joli on January 27, 2011 at 7:02pm
she should get the same punishment the dog got
Comment by James on January 27, 2011 at 8:22pm
This is bloody disgusting. It's sickening that this woman could do something so horrible over a fairytale book.
Comment by Bronson on January 28, 2011 at 1:31am

What...? There's no way someone is that retarded. If you leave your bible outside with an angry pit bull what do you think is going to happen? Common sense really, it's just sad that someone would resort to such criminal behaviour. 


I find it ironic that so many religious people tend to be hypocrites. What ever happened to "Thou shall not kill"? *Facepalm* 

Comment by justin gold on January 28, 2011 at 10:11am
Some times I agree with the old eye for an eye method Jolie,And it this is one of those times.
Comment by Courtney on January 28, 2011 at 11:55am
What would she have done if say a baby had slobbered on her bible?
If her bible is so important, why was it in within reach of the dog?
Comment by Bronson on January 28, 2011 at 6:08pm

@ Adriana 


You're right about the dogs possibly being bored, however it's just the generalization I get when I think of pit bulls. 

Comment by samhenline on June 12, 2011 at 11:58pm
Wow...I am a Spartanburg native, resident, and an atheist. I am surprised that this is the first I have heard of this story. To those of you who have a negative view of South Carolinians, please refrain from judgement. I was born and raised here and escaped the grasp of dogma, intolerance, and racism and I'm among many many thousands who come out of the "non-christian" closet every year.
Comment by Robin on July 11, 2011 at 6:31pm

I have a cure for her, one bullet in the head. I would be more merciful then her.



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