from FOX 31 Denver

Tests will confirm whether cat died from heroin overdose; Woman arrested

BOULDER, Colo. – A Boulder woman has been arrested for allegedly killing a cat by blowing heroin smoke into its face, according to Boulder Police.

21-year-old Danielle Blankenship was arrested Tuesday around 11:30 a.m. on charges of cruelty to animals, third degree assault, and domestic violence. She is being held in the Boulder County Jail on $1,500 bond.

Officers say the woman admitted hitting her boyfriend with her fist because he wouldn’t let her use his phone to call for a ride. An officer noticed the cat lying on the steps to the downstairs area of the home while the pair was being interviewed.

“The cat appeared to be unresponsive, and the cat did not move when the officer touched it,” wrote Officer Gregory Perry in a statement. “It could not seem to get up.”

Blankenship’s boyfriend claims she was smoking heroin and blew it in the cat’s face, an allegation the woman denies.

Police asked if the cat, named Muffin, had been hit or kicked accidently, to which Blankenship told officers that she would never hurt the caT.

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