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Ted Shuttleworth, a former writer for the series NYPD Blue, was arrested Saturday for killing his poodle by punching it in the face.
Shuttleworth, 51, now faces a year in prison for the killing.
He reportedly struck Lola, a 4.5 pound poodle, on May 29 after being annoyed by her while at his home in Queens. Shuttleworth then brought Lola to a veterinarian, who became suspicious about the circumstances of Lola’s death and called the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The ASPCA determined that Lola died as a result of the blow after a necropsy was performed.
“Lola sustained a traumatic brain injury secondary to the application of blunt force to the right side of her head at the hands of the suspect, her owner,” ASPCA spokesman Joseph Pentangelo said.
Shuttleworth’s wife, Isadora Monk, claimed that Lola’s death was a horrible accident.
Along with his work on Blue, Shuttleworth served as a story analyst for directors such as Steven Spielberg and James Cameron. He now works as an administrative assistant at New York University. He also earns money reading scripts.
Shuttleworth also served as a production assistant on the movie Presumed Innocent (1990).