Boulder woman accused of taping dog charged with felony
BOULDER, Colorado ” A woman who police say wrapped her boyfriend’s dog in packing tape and stuck the animal to a refrigerator has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals.
Abby Toll, 20, appeared before Boulder County Judge Noel Blum on Thursday. She also faces felony drug possession and misdemeanor assault and tampering charges.
Toll, a University of Colorado student, is free on $12,500 bond. Her next court appearance is set for May 4.
Toll and her boyfriend, Bryan Beck, were arrested Tuesday morning after police say they got into a fight at Beck’s Boulder apartment. Police say Toll used packing tape to bind the legs, snout and tail of Beck’s 2-year-old shiba inu, and then stuck the animal, upside down, to the side of the refrigerator.
Police say Toll later told them she had taped the dog to the fridge because she was mad at Beck for refusing to get rid of the animal.
Toll also is accused of slapping Beck and throwing a vase and soda bottle at him. In addition, police say they found a trace amount of heroin in her possession at the jail.
Toll and her attorney, George Kokus, declined to comment Thursday.
Beck, 21, was arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment and obstruction of a telephone, after police say he refused to let Toll leave his apartment and disabled her cell phone. He has pleaded not guilty to both misdemeanor charges and is free on $1,500 bond.
Beck also was cited with suspicion of misdemeanor animal cruelty, but details on that charge were not released.
His dog, Rex, was taken to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley with Toll’s Chihuahua, which wasn’t involved in the alleged abuse.
The society said Thursday that Beck has signed over custody of Rex, and the dog will be put up for adoption after going through some training.
“Our training staff is working with him to get him over his fear issues, to get him more socialized with people so he can trust humans again,” society CEO Lisa Pedersen said.