Danielle Blankenship, Boulder Woman, Accused Of Killing Cat By Blowing Heroin Smoke In Its Face (UPDATE)

07/07/2011 10:19 am ET | Updated Sep 06, 2011

Danielle Blankenship, 21, was arrested in Boulder, Colorado for allegedly blowing heroin smoke into a cat's face, causing the pet to die.

Blankenship has told Boulder police that she did not smoke heroin, would never hurt the cat and did not blow smoke in the pet's face, the Daily Camera reports.

The man who told police she had blown smoke in the animal's face, Blankenship's ex-boyfriend, reportedly told an animal control officer that he didn't know what happened to the cat.

Blankenship has pleaded not guilty to both misdemeanor charges today and is free on $1,500 bond. The cat belonged to the roommate of Blankenship's ex-boyfriend.

Boulder police arrested Blankenship when responding to a domestic dispute, Blankenship's boyfriend claims she hit him in the face, according to the Daily Camera. During the arrest, police discovered the unresponsive cat named Muffin. Blankenship's boyfriend stated in a police report that "she had been smoking heroin and that she had blown heroin smoke into his roommate's cat's face," CBSDenver reports.

The cat was taken to the Human Society of Boulder Valley to be treated for poisoning, then transferred to Boulder Emergency Pet Clinic, where it died around 6:30 p.m., according to The Denver Post.

Janee Boswell, Boulder Police Department animal control supervisor, said to the Daily Camera that when she first arrived on the scene, the cat showed signs consistent with some sort of poisoning

Blankenship has been charged with third-degree assault and misdemeanor animal cruelty. She could face further charges depending on the results of a necropsy performed on the cat Thursday or Friday, Fox 31 reports.

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