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Woman accused of tossing 4 newborn pups into pond

(MCT) — A Northwest Side woman is accused of hurling her boyfriend's four newborn puppies into a pond and drowning them.

Francis Blake, 45, of the 3500 block of North Narragansett Avenue, was charged Thursday with aggravated animal cruelty and animal torture.

Police say the incident occurred on July 3. A neighbor told officers she saw Blake "tossing four helpless two-day old puppies into a pond'' in the back Blake's home.  The next day, the pulled the puppies from the water and called the Department of Animal Care and Control, according to a police report.

Police went to her home with a search warrant on July 13 and heard several dogs "whining and yelping in distress,'' but they could not make contact with Blake.

On Thursday, officers were able to get into the home and found seven other dogs: an 18-month-old white male "with visible wounds," a 3-year old brown and white "emaciated female," and five 17-day old puppies, the police report said.

"That's my girlfriend. She killed my four puppies,'' Blake's boyfriend told Jefferson Park officers in the home, according to the report.

At the police station after she was arrested, Blake told police, "If I did it, I don't remember doing it,'' the report said.

The surviving dogs were turned over to Animal Care and Control.

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