In addition to undergoing psychiatric evaluation, if she is convicted the group is recommending that the Alameda County District Attorney's Office prosecute 19-year-old Hutcherson to the fullest extent of the law. Hutcherson has pleaded not guilty to one count of felony animal abuse. She's due in court Sept. 14 for a pre-trial hearing. She remains free on $2,500 bail.
On the night of July 23, police responded to two calls from witnesses in the 1700 block of 28th Avenue, saying a woman was killing her dog. When they arrived, the 6-week-old male yellow Labrador retriever mix was dead, its skull cracked and bruised.
Hutcherson was arrested and released on $2,500 bail five days later.
Animal cruelty cases can either be charged as misdemeanors or felonies. Authorities said that because of the malevolent nature of Hutcherson's case, it qualified as a felony. If Hutcherson is found guilty, she could be fined up to $10,000 and spend up to three years in prison.
Erin Loback, the district attorney assigned to the case until the preliminary hearing, said the office has received a large number of e-mails, phone calls and letters from outraged citizens demanding that Hutcherson be punished to the fullest
"We do represent the people. We will try to express their feelings," said Loback.