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2 women arrested, accused of violently killing dog

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Bridgett Cecil Bridgett Cecil
Heather Adame Heather Adame
CLARE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Two women were arrested in connection with a horrific animal abuse case in Clare County.

The two women are accused of slashing a pit bull’s throat and suffocating it with a plastic bag until it was dead.

Police said that happened on April 20.

Bridgett Cecil and Heather Adame were both charged with one count of killing and torturing an animal, and one count of cruelty towards an animal.

They were arrested and arraigned in court last week.

Police said they found a folding knife covered in the dog’s blood and hair at the apartment where the two suspects live.

There reportedly was a second dog in the home that was not harmed.

The prosecutor said one of the suspects is out on bond, while the other remains behind bars.

Tom Kleinhardt is disgusted at his neighbors' actions.

"It's not a good feeling. I have dogs of my own. I wouldn't want that to happen to my animals," he said.

Clare County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis said the horrific crime stemmed from an argument between the two women.

"The young women were in an argument and they thought the dog was getting aggressive and decided they needed to kill it," Ambrozaitis said.

She said there is never any excuse for this type of violence.

"I'm shocked that someone would do this. You always wonder what drives someone to do that and then you think if they could do it to an animal, could they do that to somebody, a person," Ambrozaitis said.

Kleinhardt wants to see justice.

"Hopefully they go to jail. That's what I say," he said.

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