A Seven Springs area woman was arrested after she chased a neighbor who saw her hit a puppy on the head with a broom, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
Jennifer Bijaczyk heard a dog yelping on Sunday night and a woman yelling at it, according to a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office report. The noise appeared to be coming from the nearby house at 7601 Como Drive. She saw Jacqueline Jeffries holding a plastic broom on the Como Drive house’s back porch.
Bijaczyk saw Jacqueline Jeffries hit the puppy, a 4-month-old Dachshund, in the head repeatedly with the bristled end of the broom, according to the report. Bijaczyk told a deputy she jumped the fence and confronted her neighbor.
The puppy was lying in a pool of blood and was bleeding from the nose and mouth, and it was shaking and looked scared, the report said. Bijaczyk picked up the puppy and went to a neighbor’s house.
After a neighbor called 911, Jeffries chased Bijaczyk with the broom, but Bijaczyk was able to avoid the broom. Jeffries came back and tried to take the puppy out of Bijaczyk’s hands. Bijaczyk said Jeffries scratched her back.
Jeffries provided a deputy with a differing account of the incident and denied hitting the dog with the broom.
She was arrested and charged with simple battery, simple assault and cruelty to animals and was in Land O’ Lakes Jail as of 1:30 p.m. Monday in lieu of $5,300 bail.