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Boulder Woman Accused Of Killing Cat With Heroin

Boulder Woman Accused Of Killing Cat With Heroin

Police in Boulder, Colorado, arrested a 21 year-old woman after her boyfriend alleged that she killed their house cat by killing heroin smoke in its face.

Authorities arrived at the residence of Danielle Blankenship, 21, at around 11:30 in the morning on Tuesday in response to allegations from her boyfriend that she hit him in the face.

When the police arrived, the noticed Muffin, Blankenship’s cat, lying at the base of the home’s staircase. When the cat failed to respond to the authorities’ prodding, the boyfriend said Blankenship had been smoking heroin and blowing the smoke in the cat’s face.

According to the Daily Camera, the cat was taken to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, where veterinarians began treating it for poisoning. The cat was later transported to Boulder Emergency Pet Clinic, where it died at around 6:30 p.m.

Although the cat didn’t show any signs of abuse, animal control experts with the Boulder police said the cat’s condition was consistent with some sort of poisoning.

Blankenship has pleaded not guilty to charges of third-degree assault and misdemeanor animal cruelty. A toxicology and necropsy report are being performed on the cat to determine if there were drugs in the animal’s system.

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5:37AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

No excuse for this person There are some evil people around thats for sure

4:59AM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

I'm reminded of the casey anothony case (intentional non-capitalization). Again, I don't think the mother (casey) intended to kill her own daughter but did so nonetheless through acts of sheer stupidity and selfishness. "Zanny the nanny" ...There's a whole underground flock of folk's who know that that means you gave a child a sedative in order to calm them or put them to sleep.
casey did so regularly in order to be free to go out at nights without being hampered by a needy child. Hiring a babysitter didn't occur to the stupid c**t I suppose. Maybe she too thought it would be "funny" to drug the innocent child.
I digress.
I think that the charges are appropriate with the case here in question, my "beef" is with the inadequacy of consequences for animal abusers. She wont serve any time for killing the poor cat, but if she does it wont be more than 60 days.
So, this dumb b*tch will be free to adopt another cat and do lord-knows-what to harm it as well.

4:49AM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

I don't believe that she intended to kill the cat. She wasn't consciously being cruel.
It seems that she's just a really stupid drug-addicted b*tch who thought it would be funny if she "got the cat high".
I've heard of drinkers offering their dog a small bowl of beer, and I've even heard of marijuana smokers who give "shotguns" (blowing smoke from their own mouth) to their pet.
Neither beer or marijuana is going to harm an animal though unless it's given to them in excessive amounts or done repeatedly.
Whether she intended to harm the kitty or not, kitty is dead now because of her outrageous actions. I commend the police for caring for the cat and seeing that it received appropriate medical attention to try to save its life.
It's just unfortunate that the innocent cat was killed when it should have been the woman who killed it who overdosed instead.

9:07PM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

21 years old is not even a woman and she is absolutely a murderer.
Sick!! WTH??!!! So many people do this with animals. This is not new but she this was found out .She should have several charges against her......... Disgusting! If anyone hears anymore,Please post it. I don't really know what they would charge her with.


"animal control experts with the Boulder police said the cat’s condition was consistent with some sort of poisoning."


A toxicology and necropsy report are being performed on the cat to determine if there were drugs in the animal’s system.

I HOPE THEY GET REAL PROOF AND CONVICT HER AND EVEN THE BOYFRIEND IF INVOLVED.

1:55PM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

Overdose this woman with heroin!

5:37PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

even if the cat died from another reason this ladies still guna go to jail for heroin

12:52PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

Why did the investigators not look for the heroin? Or at least drug paraphernelia? Then, at least she could have gotten a felony possession charge.

1:53PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

This world is full of disturbed sick people. Hope this woman is prosecuted for cruelty. Disgusting!

9:30PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

omg HOW SICKENING AND HEARTBREAKING, THAT POOR LITTLE KAT DUN NO HARM THRU AN ARSEHOLE OF A PERSON WITH MORALS OR VALUE FOR LIFE. aANIMNALS NEED MORE PROTECTION ,THEIR NEED TO BE MORE LAWS ENFORCED AND BIG , BIG BIG FINES AND NO MORE ANIMALS EVER IN THEIR LIFE. SICKO'S

2:47PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

She needs to get a harsher punishment. It's good that her boyfriend tried to defend the cat.

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