DOCUMENT: Animals, Crime

Woman Drowns Boyfriend's Little Dachshund

Dewey, 2, abducted in staged burglary plot

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Woman Drowns Boyfriend's Little Dachshund

MAY 24--A New Hampshire woman who apparently did not like her boyfriend's two-year-old dachshund drowned the dog after staging a burglary at the man's home in a bid to cover up the pet's abduction.

Erin Wylie, 27, and an accomplice, Shannon Walters, 34, have been charged with breaking into the Kittery, Maine home of Pat Collins, Wylie's boyfriend, last week and making off with a computer, a camera, and the dog, named Dewey. Police allege that the two women then returned to Wylie's New Hampshire home, where Walters drowned the dog in her pal's bathtub.

Wylie (pictured in the first mug shot) and Walters were nabbed Friday night in the parking lot of a Kittery Dairy Queen, where they "were to make arrangements to dispose of" Dewey, police said. The dog's remains were found in the pair's truck.

The women have been charged with felony burglary for the Maine break-in and may also face animal cruelty charges in New Hampshire for the drowning of Dewey, who is pictured at left. (1 page)