Laura Beth Hesse
A Reno woman has been charged with animal cruelty after a dog was allegedly stabbed and hit in an attempt to save on euthanasia costs, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office says.
The female dog — a boxer — was found in a trash container behind a business on the 13000 block of Stead Boulevard.
Washoe County Regional Animal Services identified Laura Beth Hesse, age 30 of Stead, as the owner. The case was referred to sheriff’s office detectives after a necropsy revealed “multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma to the head,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.
An investigation uncovered evidence to support arresting Hesse on charges for killing her dog as a means to save on euthanasia fees, the release said. She was charged with “willful and malicious torture/maiming/killing of a dog/animal” as well as child neglect, driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.
Her arrest was described this way by the sheriff’s office:
“On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, detectives conducted an operation in the area of Zeolite Drive and Lear Boulevard related to this investigation. Detectives observed Hesse exiting a residence on Zeolite Drive and entering a vehicle. Hesse ran a nearby stop sign and was subsequently stopped by a sheriff’s office patrol deputy. Hesse was found to be driving under the influence and taken into custody.
“During the traffic stop, sheriff’s office personnel observed a small child exit an open door at the Zeolite Drive residence and begin wandering the neighborhood. Attempts were made to contact someone within the home with no response. Deputies observed controlled substances within the residence and obtained a search warrant. A search of the house discovered methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.”
Gina Greisen of Nevada Voters for Animals said Hesse “could’ve gone to the Humane Society. There are resources available. To do what she did was so brutal and so senseless that we want justice and the full prosecution of the law.
She said she was impressed with how the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office handled the dog-killing case of Jason Brown.
“We hope they handle this case seriously, too,” Greisen said.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at 775-328-3320 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900