DOCUMENT: Animals, Crime

Woman Killed Pet Gecko In Garbage Disposal

Lizard shredded "to pieces" during fight with beau

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Gecko Shredding

JANUARY 25--A West Virginia woman was charged with animal cruelty after she placed a pet gecko into a garbage disposal and turned the appliance on during a violent confrontation yesterday with her boyfriend, police report.

After receiving an anonymous 911 call about a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex in Hurricane, a Charleston suburb, cops spoke with a man identified as a domestic battery victim in a criminal complaint.

The man told cops that he and Hannah Jones, 19, “were going to have sex when they got home but it did not work out as planned.” A “verbal argument” followed, during which he called Jones a “slut,” the man stated.

Jones, seen at right, allegedly then struck the man twice with a curtain rod, leaving him with a knot and laceration on his forearm. 

Questioned about the confrontation, Jones reportedly confessed to hitting the man, adding that she threw flower pots, busted a fish tank, and turned on another apartment dweller.

“She further stated that she also took the pet gecko they had and put it in the garbage disposal and turned it on, shredding the pet gecko to pieces,” reported a Hurricane Police Department officer.

Jones was arrested for animal cruelty, a felony, and domestic battery, a misdemeanor. She was booked into custody on $10,000 bond, but does not appear to still be behind bars, according to online jail records. (2 pages)