A dog owner in Louisiana has been charged with felony animal cruelty after police say she poisoned her dog to death with a cocktail of pet supplies.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Sarah L. Smith was arrested Wednesday and charged with animal cruelty.
Sheriff James Williams said her bond was set at $1 million.
A criminal complaint obtained by the St. Landry Times says Smith began feeding her dog an anti-bacterial diet to kill the fleas and other parasites in her dog’s intestine.
She then mixed the solution with bleach to make a cocktail that she then gave to her dog, the sheriff’s office said.
“It was her intention to kill him and she knew it,” the sheriff said.
Authorities say Smith’s husband, Keith Smith, also a veterinarian, also bought the dog and put the ingredients in a bleach-soaked container and set it on fire.
Keith Smith was later arrested.
Smith has since been placed on administrative leave and will be charged with murder and animal cruelty, Williams said.
He said it’s not known if the deaths were accidental or caused by Smith.
“I would be very concerned if anyone had access to that dog,” Williams said in a statement.