“Don’t let Lisa fool you. She looks sweet, but she’ll steal your wallet and then help you look for it,” former roommate Vicky Williams said. “She would beat the sh*t out of that dog and burn it with cigarettes.”

A Vermont woman is facing some serious animal abuse charges following the death of her German shepherd. Prosecutors in the case allege that Lisa Potwin beat the animal to death using a sledgehammer, stabbed the dog, and forced it to take drugs.

It should be noted that a former roommate and also a cousin of the woman from Concord gave interviews to local new affiliates expressing satisfaction with the charges.

“This has been a long time coming,” Vicky Williams said. “She needs to be in jail.”

Here’s the story from the New York Post:

Police in Vermont say a woman used a sledgehammer and a knife to kill her 18-year-old dog.

The Caledonian Record reports that Lisa Rote Potwin, of Concord, Vermont, pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals and related misdemeanors last month.

Essex County State’s Attorney Vince Illuzzi says Potwin was released on the conditions that she not buy or possess any new animals. She’s awaiting trial.

Here’s more from WCAX3:

Police say Potwin’s roommate said she saw Potwin hit the German shepherd mix named Cody over the head with a sledgehammer twice in 2017, then stabbed the dog’s neck with a knife.

The roommate said Potwin told her she first tried giving Cody the sedative Klonopin and three EpiPen shots.

Now check this out from the Human Society Website:

A number of studies have drawn links between the abuse of animals and violence against people.  A 2001-2004 study by the Chicago Police Department “revealed a startling propensity for offenders charged with crimes against animals to commit other violent offenses toward human victims.”  Of those arrested for animal crimes, 65% had been arrested for battery against another person.

Of 36 convicted multiple murderers questioned in one study, 46% admitted committing acts of animal torture as adolescents. And of seven school shootings that took place across the country between 1997 and 2001, all involved boys who had previously committed acts of animal cruelty.