ONE Florida A woman stands behind bars after allegedly killing her boyfriend’s dog with a smile, according to court documents.
Shelley Nicole VaughnAccording to Pinellas . County Courthouse Records are viewed by Law & Crime. She was also charged with domestic battery charging (for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend) and a misdemeanor crime.
Cruelty to animals in general is a third degree felony in Floridawhich means punishable by a sentence of up to five years in prison.
The Clearwater Police Department respond to the crime scene on Sunday. The officers said they went to ‘s apartment Eric Adeson just before noon, who told them his dog had been killed earlier that day.
He told officers that the dog was killed by Vaughn, a resident of the apartment complex that “he used to date. . . in a few months.”
The two argued, Adeson told officers, and as the fight between the two escalated, Vaughn “threw his cell phone and keys off the balcony.” Police also say that Vaughn “attacked” Adeson at one point.
It all allegedly culminated with Vaughn throwing “Adeson’s three-year-old pug, Buckyon his seventh-floor balcony. “
Adeson, 56, told responders that the dog was dead before he got down the stairs.
Later, the officers made their way to Vaughn’s apartment – only to discover that she had fled the building. Efforts to locate her that day were fruitless, and she did not return to her residence that evening.
Police were able to locate her on Monday and bring her in Pinellas . County Jail. Vaughn is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.
However, her legal troubles didn’t end there, as Adeson also file a civil lawsuit against his ex-girlfriend.
Adeson alleges in court papers that alcohol played a role in the dispute. He said the fight happened when he asked Vaughn to leave his apartment because he believed she had been drinking that morning.
“Vaughn, refused to leave Plaintiff’s home and continued to throw Plaintiff’s personal possessions, including his cell phone and keys, over the balcony railing outside the 7th floor of Plaintiff’s home, “Civil petition obtained by Law & Crime.
Adeson claims that, at this point, he once again instructs Vaughn to leave his apartment.
“According to Plaintiff’s final request to leave his home, [Vaughn]stopped, smiled at the Plaintiff, picked up his little dog ‘Bucky’ and threw it over the balcony railing outside to the concrete parking lot below, resulting in the death of the pet dog and companion of Plaintiff,” read the petition.
Adeson is seeking damages “in excess of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000), excluding interest and costs,” according to his complaint. However, in the cover sheet submitted for the same case, he estimated that the total amount of the claim would be more than $100,000.
He cited willful mental distress as the reason he had to bear the alleged damages in his lawsuit. This means he will have to prove that Vaughn acted knowingly and exhibited extreme behavior when she engaged in the behavior that caused his severe emotional distress.
Adeson is seeking a jury trial.
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