If you love hot drama, you'll love this story. Us? Not so much - the only party hurt here is the Dachshund. Meet Long Island, New Yorker Barbara Bottiglieri with her cute little black and tan smooth, 'Coco.' Ms. Bottiglieri was walking Coco on Saturday when her neighbor Jaime Sanchez, who lives across the street, warned her to not let her dog doody on his grass, or he would sic his 50 pound dog on both of them. Excerpt from the New York Daily News:
"She's constantly letting her dog defecate and urinate on our property," said Sanchez's wife, Antoinette, noting that there's been a bitter feud between the neighbors for two years over parking on the street.
But when Bottiglieri threatened to call police, Sanchez walked up to the woman, snatched the leash and flung the pup 6 feet in the air - and 10 feet into the middle of the street, cops said.
The landing caused injuries to the dog's tail and ruptured stitches on her belly from being spayed recently, cops and neighbors said.
Cops soon arrived and cuffed Sanchez. He was charged with torturing animals and reckless endangerment to property.
"I'm horrified by it," said a neighbor. "You're not a man when you confront a woman and toss a dog into the air."
Sanchez's frustrated wife said Bottiglieri let the injured pup pee on her lawn just hours later.
"I can't believe she had the audacity to do this," she said.
Meanwhile, in a follow-up article in the New York Daily News:
The Long Island woman whose mini-wiener dog was hurled into the street by a lawn-defending neighbor claims he must have been suffering from a bad case of dog-poo paranoia.
Barbara Bottiglieri said she doesn't let her miniature dachshund, Coco, poop on anyone's lawn - despite Jaime Sanchez's claim her pooch previously did just that.
"He said, 'Hey, you! I don't want your dog walking on my property!'" Bottiglieri recalled. "I said, 'What are you talking about? I have manners; my dog didn't do anything on your property.'"
She said she tried to reason with Sanchez, 56, but her Franklin Square neighbor threatened to unleash his German shepherd-sized mutt on her.
"I guess because he wasn't getting anywhere with me - I was being polite - he took it out on the dog," Bottiglieri, 54, said.
"He flung her into the air," she said. "That vision will stick in my head for the rest of my life."
CBS2 New York interviewed some neighbors who supported Mr. Sanchez:
At least two neighbors said that Bottiglieri has been told before by many in the area to keep Coco off their lawns.
“The dog does go all over the place,” one woman said. “She walks the dog on our property, on the grass and he’s [Sanchez] not the bad guy here.”
“The woman was told not to walk the dog in front of a lot of the houses in the neighborhood,” one man said. “The woman walks the dog and she actually smokes a cigarette and lets the dog do whatever it wants.”
Moral of the story: Don't be a crazy jerk and take out your anger on a defenseless little dog. And pick up your dog's doody. We'll file this one under Hot Mess.