Suspect in Bristol Dog Killing Was Hallucinating and Thought Pets Told Her to Kill Them: Documents

A Bristol woman accused of killing her two pit bulls told police she was hallucinating after taking drugs and the dogs told her to hang them, according to paperwork from court.

Police began investigating when they responded to a home on Allentown Road on Nov. 21 to investigate a missing person report and were alerted that the missing woman might have killed her dogs, police said.

A neighbor had reported seeing Veronica Reyes, 22, hang one of her dogs from a tree, so the landlord went to investigate and found a freshly filled in hole and the backyard and discovered that Reyes and the dogs were missing, according to police.

On Dec. 5, Reyes went to the police station to turn herself in and told police that she had been out in Waterbury with friends in November and smoked laced marijuana while she was on prescription pain killers and antibiotics after having her wisdom teeth out, the affidavit states.

When she later returned home, she started hallucinating and thought the walls and her two dogs were speaking with her, according to the affidavit.

It was then that Reyes noticed a hanger on the floor by the cage the dogs were in and asked them, “You want me to hang you?,” police said.

The dogs became hyper and excited and Reyes thought they were telling her to hang them, so she grabbed a leash and chain and hung one dog, according to police.

When the dog was dead, she put it in a garbage bag and buried it, according to court paperwork. Then she killed the second dog in the same manner, according to police.

After killing the dogs, Reyes went back to Waterbury, she told police.

She went on to tell police that she killed the dogs because she was feeling a lot of stress in her life and was depressed after a recent break-up, the affidavit says.

Reyes has been charged with two counts of cruelty to animals and was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

A small group of protesters stood outside the courthouse on Tuesday and one said that charges against suspected animal abusers are too often dropped. 

Officials said Reyes also faces felony charges in Maryland, including car theft, felony escape and assault on a police officer.  

It's not clear from online court records if Reyes has an attorney.

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