A former writer for the television series NYPD Blue has been arrested after punching a dog in the face so hard that it eventually died.
The New York Post reports that Ted Shuttleworth, 51, was arrested at his home in Sunnyside, Queens. The 231-pound writer took out his anger on his 4 1/2 pound poodle, punching it in the face so hard that it died of a brain injury. Cops say that Shuttleworth decked his dog, Lola, in a fit of rage, and later took the 5-year-old pooch to the vet after she was acting funny. Her death at the vet’s office raised some suspicion, and the vets called ASPCA which came for Lola’s remains in order to do a necropsy.
“Lola sustained a traumatic brain injury secondary to the application of blunt force to the right side of her head at the hands of the suspect, her owner,” said ASPCA spokesman Joseph Pentangelo.
Shuttleworth is a washed-up writer, whose most notable gig was a one-time writing stint with the TV series NYPD Blue. He has worked for Steven Spielberg (though it was not reported in what capacity) and now reportedly advises screenwriters, reading their scripts and offering notes for about $300 a pop.
Shuttleworth, who also works at New York University as an administrative assistant, could face up to a year in prison for killing his dog. His wife, Isadora Monk Shuttleworth, said that her husband’s actions weren’t cruel, but rather, “a horrible accident.”
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