Brazil police say man used poodle to hit wife

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Posted: Jun 22, 2011 1:48 PM
Brazil police say man used poodle to hit wife

Police in southern Brazil say a jealous husband hit his wife in the head with a pet poodle.

Inspector Thais Norah Sartori Postiglione says the man picked up the dog and swung it into his wife's head twice because he suspected she was having an affair. The 4-pound (2-kilogram) dog died. The inspector says Carla de Camargo Oliveira suffered only minor bruises.

Postiglione says she cannot release the name of the alleged assailaint because he was not arrested. Officers decided the attack was not highly dangerous to the woman and he was not caught in the act.

But Postiglione said Wednesday that police are urging prosecutors to charge him with assault and battery and cruelty to animals.