Characters from O'Connor: The Dog-gone Headache
Wentzville woman found guilty of assault with dead Chihuahua
By Valerie Schremp Hahn
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
A Wentzville woman could get up to 18 months in jail and a $1,500 fine for hitting another woman over the head with a dead Chihuahua puppy.
Lisa Hopfer, 34, was found guilty of third-degree assault and trespassing, both misdemeanors, at a trial at the St. Charles County Courthouse this afternoon. She is expected to be sentenced Sept. 25.
The trial, heard by Associate Judge Terry Cundiff, featured X-rays of the dead dog, a detective’s pictures of the dead dog, and testimony from the woman who was smacked over the head repeatedly by the dead dog.
"She’s somebody I never want to be in the presence of again," the victim, Linda Hulsey, said shakily afterwards. Hulsey, 33, now lives in Alabama.
The assault happened at Hulsey’s home in St. Peters on June 7, a few days after Hopfer bought the puppy from her. Hopfer said after she bought the dog, which she named Chloe, she brought it to a veterinarian, who said it was only four weeks old and needed to be returned to its mother. But sometime during the night, the dog died.
Hulsey testified the dog was six weeks old. She said early that morning, somebody rang her doorbell repeatedly. She opened the door to Hopfer, who reportedly said, "Look what you did!" Hopfer hit her in the head with a bag, which contained the dead dog, Hulsey said.
Husley said Hopfer pushed her into a wall and the two scuffled in the foyer and down the steps of the split-level home. Hopfer yelled and took the dog out of the bag and rubbed it in Husley’s face and hit her with it, Hulsey said. They tussled their way outside.
"All I could do was sit when I got outside and put my head down," Hulsey said. Hopfer then grabbed Hulsey’s hair, pulled her head up with it, and hit her in the head at least 30 times with the dog, Hulsey said.