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Ex-‘NYPD Blue’ writer punches poodle to death, faces year in prison

Published: Sun, June 17, 2012 @ 12:24 p.m.

Ex-‘NYPD Blue’ writer punches poodle to death, faces year in prison

Associated Press


Police say a former television screenwriter was arrested after punching his poodle in the face so hard that it died of a brain injury.

The New York Post reports Sunday (http://nyp.st/LYjcJc ) that 51-year-old Ted Shuttleworth was arrested Saturday at his home in Queens. The Post says Shuttleworth punched his dog on May 29 because he was angry with the animal. The dog weighed about four pounds.

A spokesman for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the dog sustained a traumatic brain injury.

The newspaper reports Shuttleworth is a former TV writer who once worked for “NYPD Blue.” He could face up to a year in prison.

His wife tells the newspaper that the dog’s death was a “horrible accident.”


1doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

What a pathetic loser. Send this guy to prison.

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2meralexis(8 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Someone need to do the same to him.....disgusting!

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3jeepers(127 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Terrible to hear this type of cruelty from a presumably educated man. BUT-I do not think he deserves 1 yr in prison. Lucky to get a 1 yr. prison term for murdering a human in Youngstown. Hope we hear the final outcome from this cruelty.

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4Jerry(486 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Question for the AP:

Why is the relatively irrelevent fact that this man was a screen writer for a TV series called "NYPD Blue", which ended more than 7 years ago, important enough that the name NYPD appears in the headline?

At first blush I got the mistaken impression that someone associated with NYPD had abused a dog; until I took a few more seconds to read the article. The key things in the headline that the eye and mind go to are "NYPD....punches....poodle....death". Could that be the effect the AP was gong for???

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