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Woman accused of killing 'devil' dog

Woman accused of killing 'devil' dog
Miriam Fowler Smith's mugshot, courtesy of the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

PACOLET MILLS, S.C., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- A woman in South Carolina is accused of hanging and burning her nephew's pit bull after she said the animal allegedly chewed her Bible, police said.

Police said Miriam Fowler Smith of Pacolet Mills was charged with ill treatment of animals-torture, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported Tuesday.

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Smith's nephew told officers he left the animal at the home he shared with her during the recent cold weather. One day he said he couldn't find the dog and assumed she snapped a restraining chain and ran away, a report filed by a Spartanburg County environmental enforcement officer indicated.

The man, who was not identified, later told officers Smith admitted to killing the animal, calling it a "devil," the newspaper reported. During an investigation, the woman told officers she killed the dog because it chewed her Bible and because she feared for the safety of neighborhood children.

Officers said they found the dog's partially burned body with an extension cord tied around its neck.

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