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POLICE: Louisville woman arrested years after dead dog found on balcony

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Tesha Hatfield (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Tesha Hatfield (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police have arrested a Louisville woman years after authorities say a dead dog was found on her balcony.

According to Louisville Metro Animal Services, it happened on June 16, 2014. According to an arrest warrant, Louisville Metro Animal Services received phone calls from several neighbors of Tesha Hatfield, who at the time was 29 years old. The neighbors said they could see a dead dog on Hatfield's balcony. The dog had allegedly been left without food or water, in 90-degree temperatures.

According to the warrant, a neighbor later called and said that Hatfield had arrived home at 2 a.m. that morning, removed the dog from her balcony and tossed it into the dumpster.

Authorities eventually retrieved the dog's body from the dumpster and had a necropsy -- an autopsy for animals -- performed on it. 

"It was determined that the dog died from dehydration and starvation," the arrest warrant stated.

Hatfield eventually admitted that she was the owner of the dog, according to authorities. A warrant was issued for her arrest on July 10, 2014. She is charged with cruelty to animals in connection with that case. 

That's not the last time Hatfield had a run-in with the law in an incident related to animals. On Nov. 3, 2015, authorities say she failed to control her pit bull, which resulted in an injury to a bystander.

According to that arrest warrant, the victim was walking her dog near the intersection of Newburg Road and Bashford Manor Lane, when Hatfield's pit bull -- which happened to be loose -- tried to attack the victim's dog, a small terrier breed. When the victim intervened, police say the pit bull bit her on her left forearm. 

A teenager came out of a nearby apartment and retrieved the pit bull, according to police. Police went to the apartment and tried to contact the residents, but no one answered, initially. When they later returned, they met with Hatfield, who denied that she owned the dog or knew anything about the incident, according to the arrest warrant -- but police say multiple neighbors named her as the owner.

A warrant was later issued for her arrest in connection with that case, on Dec. 10, 2015. She is charged with being an owner who failed to control her animal. 

She is currently being held in Louisville Metro Corrections.

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