Woman Arrested for Making Faces at Dog
CHELSEA, Vt. (AP) -- A prosecutor has dropped charges against a woman who was arrested for staring at and making faces at a police dog.
"Prosecuting a woman for `staring' at a police dog is absurd," said her lawyer. "People are allowed to make faces at police dogs and officers to express their disapproval. It's constitutional expression," said public defender Kelly Green, who represented Jayna Hutchinson.
Hutchinson, 33, of Lebanon, N.H., was charged with cruelty to a police animal and resisting arrest after a July 31 incident in West Fairlee in which police were called to a market to investigate a report of a brawl.
If making faces at dogs is "cruel and unusual", I better turn myself in to the ASPCA stat.
NOTE FROM CLIFF: I'm in Burlington, VT right now, so I'll make faces at every animal I see, as well as a few people, and I'll let you all know how it goes.