Woman Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Dog’s Murder

Nazirah Bey said telling her children what happened was devastating, as they loved Honey very much. “It’s not a dog,” she explained in court. “It’s family to us.”

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Usually animal abusers are given minimal sentences which do not curb their behavior, but lately judges seem to really be cracking down on animal cruelty.  Today a New Jersey woman was sentenced to four years in prison for throwing a dog into oncoming traffic, and upon her release will have to do community service with an organization involved with preventing animal cruelty.

In August of 2011, Haniyyah Barnes got into a dispute with neighbor Nazirah Bey over a parking issue, and her anger quickly escalated.  Bey allowed Barnes’ mother to park in her driveway two houses down on their Newark street, and on the 26th of August, Barnes became enraged because Bey’s car was blocking in her mother’s.

Barnes kicked in the front door, and when Honey Bey, a two-year-old Shih Tzu began barking, the enraged woman grabbed her by the throat, went outside and threw her into traffic.  Honey was struck by a vehicle and died.


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A Newark police officer was in a patrol car nearby, and witnessed Barnes hurling the tiny dog into the street.

Bey’s father, Daryl Williams, is still deeply shaken by the incident.  He was ill when this occurred, and says Honey Bey “kept me going.”

“I mean, it hurts, ’cause I don’t have a friend no more,” he said.

Bey said telling her children what happened was devastating, as they loved her very much.


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“It’s not a dog,” Bey explained to the courtroom.  “It’s family to us.”

Superior Court Judge Richard Sules said Barnes showed “callous indifference” to the dog, and said she has an “anger problem which needs to be addressed.”

On October 13th, 2015, a jury convicted her of animal cruelty, theft, and criminal mischief.  Attorney Michelle Treiber said her client had changed and was remorseful.

“I think she has gotten herself together and this was a changing event, a life-changing event for her,” said Treiber.  “This is not something that is ever going to happen again.”


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But Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Michele Miller asserted that Barnes hadn’t changed, and “never took this seriously, always took this as a joke.”

At her sentencing hearing, Miller says Barnes showed no remorse and even stuck her tongue out at Miller and Bey.

Judge Sules sentenced her today to four years in prison for her crimes, with six months of time served.  She must also pay restitution to Bey in the amount of $2,000, and will perform 30 days of community service with an anti-animal cruelty organization upon her release.



656 thoughts on “Woman Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Dog’s Murder

  1. four years imprisonment? seriously? so minimal! how about life sentence? so that all of the animal abusers will have to suffer the same punishment in the future -_-

  2. So sorry she only gets 4 years – this is murder. Anyone who would do this to a defenseless animal is a total menace to society. She will never pay enough.

  3. I am glad they are cracking down if this lady can throw this poor defenseless animal into traffic what would she do to a person! ! Karma is a Bitch! 🙂

  4. Only 4 years?? Wow. I know it’s better than nothing, but I wonder what someone would get if they threw HER into oncoming traffic. Too bad we will never know………..

  5. I don’t know, I think making her learn more about animals and being around people who love and care for them might teach her something positive. Otherwise she may just repeat her behavior.
    Comparing community service with animals to a rapist being around victims is just ridiculous., by the way, imho.

  6. I am saddened what has happened to this poor puppy, that woman should be thrown into traffic as well, people that have no conscience over what they do to poor animals certainly have no heart.

  7. Just put mother fuckers like this down!!! I’m so sick of these sick bastards. Put her ass in on coming traffic!! And pray like hell she gets fucking ran over!!! I swear I hate some damn humans!!

  8. Things may be getting better, but there is so much more than can and should be done. I agree with everyone that say she should not do her community service for a service having anything to do with animals what so ever…that’s the last place she should be!1

  9. She got off to easy. She’s damn lucky I wasn’t the Judge. I can’t believe the Judge allowed her to be around any animal. I’d throw her ass to a pack of hungry wolves…..

  10. Finally – I see justice being done – yes, she should have to do her service taking care of animals – especially scooping poop and cleaning cages. B..ch. I have absolutely no sympathy for ANY animal abuser.

  11. Good for that judge!! Glad they new who this piece of crap was but I think they should throw her into traffic!! She doesn’t deserve to breathe air!

  12. ” Do unto others what you want done unto you. ” The guilty criminal should be held legally and financially accountable. She is telling society and the justice system what she wants and should have done unto her, Death Sentence! ! !

  13. I hope the bitch us supervised around doing her community service and can NEVER own an animal. 4 years is not long enough for this POS

  14. I hope it starts with dodging cars on the freeway and if she makes it, she has to start her parole with cleaning kennels.

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