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Johna Turner

Johna Turner

By: Paula Vargas, FOX31 Denver

LONGMONT, Colo. — What police say began as a domestic dispute ended with one woman arrested for animal cruelty Tuesday.

According to reports, police responded to a verbal argument between 39-year-old Johna Turner and another tenant at 1013 Main Street.

When police arrived, officers say the building manger requested Turner be removed for being intoxicated.

According to reports, as Turner gathered items to leave, she insisted on taking a five-day old Chihuahua puppy.

“Due to Johna’s intoxicated state, we recommended she leave the dogs here and come back and get them once she sobers up,” stated police records.

A witness reported to police, “Johna had stuffed one of the puppies down her pants when she walked out.”

Police asked Turner to “take the puppy out of her pants” when she returned to the apartment to retrieve more items.

“Johna shook her leg and the puppy fell out of the bottom of her right pant leg,” landing between her legs the police report said.

Concerned for the safety of the puppy, “Johna was asked to pick the puppy up off the ground before she stepped on it.”

Police said, “She then placed the puppy in the palm of her right hand and threw the puppy into the seat of a stroller that was next to her.”

Turner was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and taken to Boulder County Jail.