In news that will ruin your whole afternoon (or most of your week, depending on how delicate a flower you are), a former writer for “NYPD Blue” has been arrested after punching a dog in the face so hard that it died. Ted Shuttleworth, whose credits also include USA’s “Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family,” allegedly became so enraged with his fluffy little four pound poodle named Lola that he decked her in her fluffy little head, causing a traumatic brain injury that led to her death.
Staff at the veterinarian’s office became suspicious after Shuttleworth brought the dog in, and reported the situation to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who performed the necropsy that determined the cause of death. A spokesman for the ASPCA described it by saying Lola “sustained a traumatic brain injury secondary to the application of blunt force to the right side of her head at the hands of the suspect, her owner,” which is a very professional way of saying a fully grown 51-year-old man punched his volleyball-sized dog with enough force to shut its brain off.
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