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Story last updated at 5:18 PM on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Woman charged with assault, animal cruelty

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer

Homer Police last week arrested a Homer woman on charges of fourth-degree assault and cruelty to animals after a man said she threw her dog down stairs at a Main Street apartment complex. The man also said the woman hit him in the head when he challenged her for allegedly mistreating a small dog. Terry J. Lashley-Elliot, 32, was charged with cruelty to animals, a felony, and fourth-degree assault.

According to a criminal complaint, Homer Police Officer Ryan Browning wrote that an older man made a 911 call about 9:15 a.m. June 18 that he had been punched in the head by Lashley-Elliot. The man said he had been sweeping his driveway when he heard Lashley-Elliot, a neighbor at the Grandview Apartments, yell at her puppy to use the bathroom and then saw her throw the puppy down the stairs. When Lashley-Elliot came downstairs, the man told her she shouldn't do that to her dog. She then hit him in the head with a closed fist, Browning alleged the man told him. The alleged assault shook him up, the man told police, and he had to lie down and take heart medicine to calm himself down.

After knocking on Lashley-Elliot's door and getting no response, Browning got a search warrant and returned at 10 a.m. with two Alaska State Troopers as back up. They entered Lashley-Elliot's apartment and found her in bed with a small stun-gun under her leg. When told she was under arrest, Lashley-Elliot allegedly said she didn't assault anyone and just "tried to flip his hat." Police had not told her who she was alleged to have assaulted, Browning wrote.

While in the apartment, a small black-and-white mixed-breed puppy came up to Browning and cowered at his feet. The dog appeared thin and had narrow hips and visible ribs, Browning wrote in the complaint. Browning didn't see any food or water dishes for the puppy in the apartment and did not find any dog food there. The animal control officer took care of the animal and it was taken to a veterinarian for a check-up. Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said the puppy was OK and being cared for at the Animal Shelter.

While police and troopers were at the apartment complex, another resident came up to them and alleged he had seen Lashley-Elliot punching the puppy over and over on another occasion.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.