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Woman charged in dead puppy beating

ST. LOUIS _” A woman accused of pummeling a dog breeder over the head with a dead Chihuahua has been charged with two misdemeanors and reimbursed the money she paid for the puppy.

Lisa Lynn Hopfer, 33, of Wentzville, was charged with trespassing and third-degree assault in the June 7 incident, authorities said.

Hopfer told police she had taken the puppy to a veterinarian, who said it was only 4 weeks old and needed to be returned to its mother. But before she could return the puppy, named Chloe, it died.

Authorities said Hopfer went to the breeder’s home, pushed her way inside and began fighting with the breeder as she tried to make her way to the basement to get another puppy, police said.

Linda Hulsey, 33, of St. Peters, wrestled the woman out of her house to the front porch, where the woman then hit the breeder over the head numerous times with the dead puppy, police said.

Hulsey said she was hit with the dead puppy at least 30 times and went to a hospital for her bruises, but had no serious injuries.

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Hulsey said she later returned the $100 that Hopfer had paid for the dog.


Jack the cat chases black bear up tree

WEST MILFORD, N.J. _” A black bear picked the wrong yard for a jaunt, running into a territorial tabby who ran the furry beast up a tree – twice.

Jack, a 15-pound orange and white cat, keeps a close vigil on his property, often chasing small animals, but his owners and neighbors say his latest escapade was surprising.

“We used to joke, ‘Jack’s on duty,’ never knowing he’d go after a bear,” owner Donna Dickey told The Star-Ledger of Newark on June 9.

Neighbor Suzanne Giovanetti first spotted Jack’s accomplishment after her husband saw a bear climb a tree on the edge of their northern New Jersey property on June 4. Giovanetti thought Jack was simply looking up at the bear, but soon realized the much larger animal was afraid of the hissing cat.

After about 15 minutes, the bear descended and tried to run away, but Jack chased it up another tree.

Dickey, who feared for her cat, then called Jack home and the bear scurried back to the woods.

“He doesn’t want anybody in his yard,” Dickey said.


Gold hunter digs 60-foot hole in yard

MONTCLAIR, Calif. _” A homeowner digging for gold in his front yard said he got “carried away” and ended up with a 60-foot-deep hole, authorities said.

Norm Enrique, 63, began digging June 4 after his gold detector reported a positive hit near his front patio. He told authorities he only intended to go down 3 or 4 feet.

Fire officials called to the scene June 13 found two men that Enrique hired were inside the unreinforced hole, using a bucket and rope to remove dirt.

“We told him, ‘You’re done,'” said Montclair Fire Capt. Rich Baldwin. “It’s amazing no one got killed.”

Authorities fenced off Enrique’s property.

Officials from the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration likely will visit the property to determine how to shore up and fill the hole, authorities said.

Enrique will be required to hire and pay for a licensed engineer, Baldwin said.


Dog craving doughnuts blamed for fire

RIDGEFIELD, Wash. _” A dog with a craving for doughnuts was blamed for starting a house fire in this city north of Vancouver.

According to Clark County fire investigators, the homeowners had left a box of doughnuts on the stove on June 18. The dog jumped up onto the stove to get to the doughnuts and accidentally flipped on a burner.

“The burner set the box on fire and the fire spread from the kitchen to the attic,” Fire District 11 Capt. Ben Meacham told The Columbian.

Investigators said the fire caused about $75,000 worth of damage.

The dog, which was home alone when the fire started, escaped injury.