Miriam Smith Killed Dog For Chewing On Bible: Nephew's Pit Bull Hanged From Tree, Burned To Death

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Authorities have charged a South Carolina woman with
felony animal cruelty, saying she hanged her nephew's pit bull from a
tree with an electrical cord and burned its body because the dog chewed
on her Bible.

Animal control officers said Monday that 65-year-old Miriam Smith
told them she killed a female dog named Diamond because it was a "devil
dog" and she worried it could harm neighborhood children. Authorities
said bond wasn't immediately set for Smith, who remains jailed in
Spartanburg County after her weekend arrest.
Officials said she didn't have an attorney yet.

She faces 180 days to five years in prison if convicted.

Authorities say the remains of the dog were found under a pile of grass with part of an electrical cord around its neck.