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Salt Lake City woman arrested after throwing dog off 5th floor balcony

Samantha Hughes charged with third-degree felony torture of animal
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Posted at 12:08 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 18:29:10-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake City woman was arrested after she allegedly threw a dog off a 5th floor balcony, killing the animal, in May

According to the arrest report, police say an officer arrived on the scene May 25 and found Rebekah Hughes sitting inside her vehicle with a dog. Hughes, who was bleeding from her nose, told the officer her daughter, Samantha, had caused the injuries.

Hughes also told police her daughter had thrown the dog from the fifth floor of a building balcony and the animal was in the process of dying. The officer on the scene observed the dog was not moving or breathing, according to the report.

Hughes said her daughter threw the dog from the balcony after an altercation inside Hughes' bedroom. Police say Samantha resisted arrest by tensing her arms and refusing to listen to commands when attempts were made to take her into custody.

Samantha Hughes, 25, was charged with Torture of a Companion Animal, Assault and Interference with an Arresting Officer. Hughes' lawyer entered a plea of not guilty to all charges.