BOULDER, Colo. –
The University of Colorado student accused of taping her boyfriend’s dog to a fridge will be allowed to spend the summer at her mother’s home in Chicago, despite the fact her mother has a dog, a Boulder judge ruled Monday.
Abby Toll, 20, “didn’t even have a traffic ticket on her record” before her April 14 arrest on suspicion of felony animal cruelty, defense attorney George Kokus said Monday in requesting that Toll be allowed to leave the state.
Boulder County Judge Noel Blum granted the request, and will require Toll to participate in a monitored sobriety program with a Chicago-area laboratory as a condition of her $12,500 bond .
“I think the defendant’s mother can look out for the family pet,” Blum said.
Toll, an environmental design major, also faces a felony charge of drug possession after police said was found with a trace amount of heroin while being booked into jail.
It’s not clear if she’s planning to return to Boulder in the fall. A call to CU to check on her status as a student was not returned Monday; nor was a call to her attorney.
Toll is accused of binding her boyfriend’s 2-year-old shiba inu, Rex, in packing tape and sticking him upside down to the fridge during a fight.
Her boyfriend, Bryan Beck, also faces a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty. He is scheduled to appear in court for a pre-trial conference Thursday.
Rex is living with a Denver-area foster family awaiting adoption.
Another dog also living with the couple â a Chihuahua named Peanut that was originally identified as belonging to Toll but actually belonged to Beck â remains in the care of the Humane Society of Boulder.