Next time you look at a dog, be careful. You might get arrested.
A prosecutor in Chelsea, Vermont has dropped charges against a woman who was arrested for staring at and making faces at a police dog.
No, this is not Jayna Hutchinson. She’s another woman who thinks her dog looks like Brad Pitt (bull)!
“Prosecuting a woman for ‘staring’ at a police dog is absurd,” said her lawyer. “People are allowed to make faces at police dogs and officers to express their disapproval. It’s constitutional expression,” said public defender Kelly Green, who represented Jayna Hutchinson.
Hutchinson, 33, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, was charged with cruelty to a police animal and resisting arrest after a July 31 incident in which police were called to a market to investigate a report of a brawl. They were approached by Hutchinson, who told one officer she had been assaulted the day before by one of the men involved.
She asked Vermont State Police Sgt. Todd Protzman to take her statement but he refused, telling her she smelled like alcohol and was drunk but that he would take her statement at another time.
After a heated exchange, she approached Protzman’s cruiser, where his dog Max was waiting, putting her face within inches of the window and “staring at him in a taunting/harassing manner,” Protzman wrote in an affidavit.
Officers arrested Hutchinson, adding the resisting arrest charge because she pulled her arms and upper body away during the arrest. She registered 0.21 percent blood-alcohol content on a breath test, more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Vermont.