This photo released by the Madera County Sheriff shows Janice Aguilar on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Aguilar is behind bars after authorities said she beat a puppy so badly that even veteran law enforcement officials were shocked, a sheriff’s spokesman said Wednesday. Photo: Madera County Sheriff / AP

An Oakhurst woman was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 29 after the Madera County Sheriff’s Office received a desperate phone call from a citizen who witnessed her violently slamming her puppy’s head into the ground.

According to reports, 39-year-old Janice Aguilar was seen slamming her puppy’s head repeatedly into the ground. She was then seen stuffing it into her backpack and catching a ride.

The suspect was dropped off near the Oakhurst Community Park and witnesses at the park said they saw the animal and said it was still alive but visibly dying.

According to the sheriff’s report, one of the witnesses in the park reportedly killed the puppy to put it out of its misery.

Deputies found the Aguilar near a Mini-Mart off Highway 41 in Oakhurst, where she was taken into custody. Aguilar claims her dog was attacked by a Pit Bull.

Aguilar was booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections on suspicion of animal cruelty and death. The investigation is ongoing.

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