DOCUMENT: Animals, Crime

When Boyfriend Drew Febreze, Woman Erupted

Battery came after dog doused with odor eliminator


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Febreze A Dog

DECEMBER 19--Angered that her live-in boyfriend sprayed Febreze on their dog, a Florida woman allegedly punched the man, leading to her arrest this morning for domestic battery, police report.

The dispute between Kelly Miller, 26, and Warren Ward involved the couple’s dog Tucker, who lives with them in their Bradenton home, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

The duo “became involved in a verbal dispute over disciplining” the animal, reported Deputy Thomas Kaczmarek. During questioning, Miller told Kaczmarek that she was mad “because Warren sprayed Tucker with Febreze and she never agreed with letting him do that.”

Ward told Kaczmarek that Miller “was going crazy over the dog.” He also showed the deputy a text from Miller stating it “was ok to use Febreze.” A Procter & Gamble product, Febreze comes in a spray bottle and can be used for a variety of odor elimination tasks.

One specific product line--Febreze Pet Odor Eliminator--promises to combat the stench emanating from an animal’s “bedding, fabric toys, and their favorite spots throughout your home, like couches, rugs and rooms with potty boxes.”

However, spraying Febreze on a pungent (or misbehaving) pooch appears to be an off-label use.

Miller, who gave the deputy “many inconsistent statements,” was arrested after she was found to be the aggressor during the incident, which resulted in no injuries. Pictured in the above mug shot, she was released from custody on her own recognizance.

Contacted by telephone, she declined to discuss the Febreze-fueled confrontation. (1 page)