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Former CU student on trial for taping dog to fridge
It's day two of a trial that has been getting national attention. A former CU student, 21-year-old Abby Toll, is being charged after police found an 8-month-old Shiba-Inu puppy taped to a refrigerator last April.
According to a police report, Toll was upset with her boyfriend, Bryan Beck, because he did not get rid of the dog after he bit her.
Toll decided not to testify this morning. The evidence was given, and now closing arguments will given. The jury has a lot of information to sift through.
On Monday, officer Rick French, who responded to the call, described to the jury the horrific scene that he walked in on. He said that what he saw on the fridge didn't even register to him as a dog. He explained to the jury how the dog's feet were bound together with hair ties.
Toll's attorney, George Kokus, told the jury that his client, Toll, was a victim of domestic violence because Beck barred her from leaving his apartment and disabled her cell phone during the fight.
Prosecutor David Cheval said that any domestic violence allegations in the case are irrelevant because Rex, the dog, was already stuck to the fridge when the couple's argument reached a pinnacle.
Prosecutors are citing "torture" in the case. Cheval said that Toll must have taken her time gathering up all of her "tools of torture" including hair ties, scissors and packaging tape. Cheval said Toll bound the dog's feet, tail and nose with the hair ties and then wrapped the dog in packaging tape before tapping him to the refrigerator upside-down.
Another officer arrived on scene, Kara Jurczenia, who said that Toll acted very nonchalant when being questioned at Beck's apartment.
Toll is charged with a felony, which means she could be sentenced up to 18 months in prison if she is found guilty. The trial is expected to last through Wednesday.
Rex, the dog, has since been adopted and his new family renamed him Yoshi.