Woman Faces Sentencing for Throwing Her Boyfriend’s Dog into Traffic

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Shellie Hubbard in court.

Shellie Hubbard, 46, of Portland, Oregon faced sentencing on Friday after she pled guilty to the charge of first-degree animal cruelty on August 30th.

On December 22nd 2011, Shellie Hubbard got into an argument with her then boyfriend Darwin Vonschirmer. The pair were driving on Interstate 205 when the two started arguing, supposedly breaking up according to their attorneys. The argument escalated out of control quickly when Hubbard stabbed Vonschirmer in the hand with a broken coffee mug.

Upon being stabbed, Vonschirmer pulled his car over to the shoulder of the freeway. The two got out of the car and started arguing on the side of the road. Hubbard then let Vonschirmer’s Catahoula Leopard Hound dog, Peanut Butter, out of the car. When he tried to pick up his dog Hubbard intercepted Peanut Butter and threw the dog into traffic. Peanut Butter attempted to get to the shoulder of the road but was struck and killed by a car.

On Friday, the Judge sentenced Hubbard to seven months in jail and five years without pets. The maximum sentence Hubbard could have received for first-degree animal cruelty was up to one year in jail. Hubbard also faced charges of third-degree assault and possession of methamphetamine relating to the incident.