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Northern California woman jailed after authorities say she beat puppy

  • 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. (AP Photo/Madera County Sheriff)

SAN FRANCISCO — A Northern California woman is accused in the brutal beating of a puppy that shocked even veteran law enforcement officials, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

Janice Aguilar, 39, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of animal cruelty and death. Authorities say she beat the dog, put the injured animal into her backpack and walked away instead of seeking treatment from a veterinarian, Madera County sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart said.

Aguilar told deputies that the dog was attacked by a pit bull.

Her neighbors in the Sierra Nevada foothills town of Oakhurst called deputies Wednesday afternoon when they saw her beating the dog and banging it on the ground, Stuart said.

She said that before deputies arrived, Aguilar put the injured dog — described by Stuart as "crying in pain" — into her backpack and flagged down a passing car.

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