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Pahrump Woman Accused Of Stealing, Killing Puppy

PAHRUMP (AP) — A rural Nevada woman is accused of taking her children with her to abduct and kill a neighbor's dog in a revenge killing in a remote desert area about 60 miles west of Las Vegas.

Nye County sheriff's Deputy David Boruchowitz reported Tuesday that 40-year-old Maria Furtado of Pahrump instructed her 15-year-old son to help shoot the animal dead.

Boruchowitz says Furtado was arrested following an investigation of the Sunday incident on animal cruelty, child abuse and neglect and theft charges.

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The sheriff's deputy says investigators believe Furtado was retaliating after the puppy attacked and killed Furtado's two ducklings last week.

It wasn't immediately known Wednesday if Furtado has a lawyer.

She's accused of having her 3-year-old and 15-year-old children with her during the incident.