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    Rex, a 2-year-old shiba inu, is with a Denver-area foster family after his Boulder owner's girlfriend was arrested on suspicion of felony animal cruelty. Police said Abby Toll, 20, bound Rex in packing tape and stuck him, upside down, to the side of a fridge.



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.

Archived comments

incredible this story is front page / takes up the most space on the homepage. wow. aren’t there more impt things daily camera should be giving top billing too?


5/4/2009 10:23:56 PM

Why, thank you, Orbison!That was very nice.

5/6/2009 8:23:40 AM

Get the F.. over it with this story…this is not news….


5/4/2009 11:37:08 PM

As punishment, the judge should require her to live in Longmont for the summer.As an aside, its not clear to me why pitbull fighting is illegal, but mixed martial arts fighting is legal.


5/4/2009 8:56:14 PM

🙁 One dead mother, one dead dog in Chicago… when will it end?!?


5/4/2009 9:12:38 PM

I like how the emphasis here is on animal abuse rather than the ”trace amounts of heroin” she had with her.


5/4/2009 6:15:34 PM

“Daravaleriah” is mellifluous.


5/5/2009 2:08:13 PM

It’s just a matter of time before this whack job commits another crime.


5/4/2009 6:39:29 PM

Truth,,,,,,,,, lets hope so…………


5/5/2009 8:19:43 AM



It’s a new season, and, that is a good enough reason to get drunk at Wrigley.Bleacher Bums Rule!


5/4/2009 7:03:02 PM

I hope the dog bites her when she gets back to Chicago!


5/5/2009 8:26:22 AM

Having to spend the summer in Chicago is punishment enough!


5/5/2009 8:39:38 AM

Truth: you’re kidding, right?You’re trying to say Rex asked for it??

5/5/2009 3:53:29 PM

I’m not sure the judge thought this through completely.Chicago is well known for its frigid air.


5/5/2009 11:31:59 AM

I’d like to see Council-person Crystal Gray: one, change her first name to Brenda and two, taped to the tea house or band shell.


5/5/2009 6:58:19 AM

I wonder if Rex learned anything from this situation.


5/4/2009 8:19:57 PM

I consider this story news and would like to continue seeing updates.


5/5/2009 6:53:24 AM

JayCutler–Pitbulls don’t have a choice — humans do.


5/4/2009 9:46:20 PM

Stop her before she tapes again!

5/4/2009 4:59:06 PM

Perhaps someone needs to contact the Chicago PD?


5/4/2009 5:11:18 PM

“She didn’t even have a traffic ticket on her record”? What, she skipped the “gateway” crime and went straight to the big stuff?


5/4/2009 8:48:37 PM

12 comments and no one has yet mentioned the possibility of the mother getting taped to the fridge.What if she’s a serial tapist!?!?


5/4/2009 9:57:16 PM

“Serial Tapist!”Mwah ha ha ha, genius!


5/4/2009 10:01:57 PM

She’s a FIB…now this all makes sense…probably a Cub fan, too!


5/4/2009 5:34:37 PM

maybe moms dog will tape abby to the fridge……


5/4/2009 5:56:07 PM

Does her mother have a fridge as well? XD


5/4/2009 6:02:04 PM

This would be the same mother that raised a physically violent, drug-addled, animal abuser?

Good call, Your Honor!


5/5/2009 12:50:17 PM

OK Jaycutler, deal. -we’ll take her for the summer here in Longmont-but she’ll have to work at Boulder Whole Foods and Petsmart. I hear they have some openings?


5/4/2009 10:10:29 PM

She should move to Idaho it is legal to kill your dog with a hammer if you feel like it.

She could just scan the free ads and get a new dog every week.

How about a cat? they always land on their feet.


5/4/2009 4:55:50 PM

Tweeeeeet said the trace of heroin birdie.So exactly how many environmental design majors at CU are in possession of the FELONY drug HEROIN??Why is she going to a sobriety program for HEROIN?Oh well, right Judge?


5/4/2009 10:59:15 PM

Abby is beautiful,in her prime and experimenting /using a drug that can cause so much devastation.

Too bad people aren’t compassionate for Abby.

“The cat’s in the cradle with the silver spoon.”Just look at what these animals drive people to do. The dog is probably better looked after than most of our kids.


5/5/2009 8:01:15 AM

This is yet another media/press low “Accused animal abuser!” What new labels can the feckless scribes concoct? They’ve given us racist terms and xenophobic catch phrases, all in the pursuit of their advertising quest. The more sensation the better to appeal to the depraved nature of the general population.


5/5/2009 8:17:40 AM

I’m sorry, but she belongs in jail for what she did, at least for a while.Period.Then drug rehab and community service.She’s not experiencing any serious repercussions for her crime getting to go home and stay with her mother (and I worry about the dog).What she did was a crime, and she should have to suffer some consequences.

5/5/2009 8:53:07 AM

daravaleriah (is that some sort of Star Trek language?) It may be a “crime” on the law books but it is only a dumb dog. They are not people. She shouldn’t be experiencing ANY repercussions except ab’ pain from laughing so much. Maybe the Boulder City Council could send out a “counselor” to treat the dogs PSTS. Am sure your taxes could pay for that too.


5/5/2009 9:31:12 AM

Just when you think the stench around here can’t get any worse, what with the idiot farm that breeds the Longmont-is-full-of-dumb-poor-people stock, we now get BoulderOldTimer sounding off with a level of soulless ignorance that I’m astounded survived into this century.


5/5/2009 12:13:18 PM

Thank you, Dr_Belfrey.

BoulderOldTimer, the origins of my name are none of your business and I couldn’t care less about your opinion of me.

That you would make light of such cruel treatment toward any living being speaks volumes regarding your character.Ms. Toll’s speaks for itself as well.

There should be serious consequences for anyone perpetrating any act of cruelty against defenseless animals or people.Period.

5/5/2009 1:15:00 PM

uggh, I think I just read something from belfry i agreed with, on both counts no less–I may tape myself to the fridge.Here’s hoping Mom can help the young Toll get off the heroin and get her life back.


5/5/2009 2:52:34 PM

“Posted by JayCutler on May 4, 2009 at 8:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

As punishment, the judge should require her to live in Longmont for the summer. As an aside, its not clear to me why pitbull fighting is illegal, but mixed martial arts fighting is legal.”

Must be nice to live in a box and get to go thru life with Zero brain function.

Parents have any kids that lived?


5/5/2009 10:22:18 AM