Kyoko Smith from Memphis, Tennessee, has been charged with three counts of animal felony charges. She has been released on a $5,000 bond and will undergo counseling before her next court appearance.
An 18-year-old girl in Memphis gruesomely murdered her grandmother's dog, Lucy, for reasons unknown. She cut the Shih Tzu's head and put it in a drawing dresser. In addition, she cut open the dog and removed its heart and placed it in a freezer. If that wasn't enough, she also left parts of the dog around the house. Kyoko Smith was arrested on Friday and charged with felony animal cruelty charges.
The neighbors say Lucy's owners are very caring and helpful. Kevin Gause, a neighbor said she was helping her granddaughter, who was having problems reports WMC5. "They're good neighbors. They came over, helped me out with my yard. I help them. So they're very friendly neighbors," he said. As for the dog being brutally killed, Gause added, "I really hate to hear that. Why someone would do that to a dog? I have no idea. Just sad to hear, very sad to hear." Smith admitted to killing the dog according to a police affidavit. A family member who reported the incident to the police stated that "he also received pictures of the dead dog from Kyoko Smith's mother."
Police arrested 18-year-old Kyoko Smith for allegedly killing her grandmother’s dog in a gruesome crime.— Chris Luther (@cluther_wmc5) November 25, 2019
Investigators say Smith cut off the head of her grandmother’s Shih Tzu and put it in a dresser drawer. Smith also allegedly put the dog’s heart in the freezer. pic.twitter.com/TOu9P2T3Co
Another neighbor of Smith's grandmother who did not want to be identified recounted a chilling incident that involved Smith. The Millers Pond Circle resident said Smith was caught looking over their fence late one night. She was just was staring at their dog. The neighbor said, "I asked her, 'hey, what are you doing?' She said, 'oh your dog is cold, your dog is cold.' That's the only thing she'd say," the neighbor recalled. Neighbors say their thoughts are with the dog's owners. Smith was released on a $5,000 bond and will have another court appearance next month. One of the conditions of her release was counseling reports Fox 13 Memphis. Her crime has been classified under a class E felony.
That’s a LOT creepy. She’s got some issues— Greg Krech (@gkrech) November 25, 2019
"Sometimes kids don't know how to express their emotions in ways that are always helpful and healthy for them, so they may come out in other ways," said Kaitlin Montoya who counsels at-risk kids at Youth Villages, a private non-profit that is "dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children." One does not know if this is the first incident of violence by Smith or if there have been other instances before. Montoya, however, believes that Smith's actions does not necessarily mean she will engage in more violence. "It doesn't necessarily mean anything could escalate. It just means the child doesn't know how to express and communicate what they need and what's going on," she said.
What a demonic act. No words.— DJ Lane (@DJordanLane) November 25, 2019
According to WREG, Alexis Pugh, director of Memphis Animal Services, "Absolutely the first thing that comes to my mind is please, please, I pray that animal didn’t suffer too long. My second thought is, this is a person who needs some help and I’m glad this is someone that has been identified by authorities because the lengths this person went to mutilate this innocent animal."