LINDEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) -- A Linden woman is charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty after four 5-week-old American Bulldog puppies were found dead in a cooler.
On Sunday, Kimberly Matthews, 26, allegedly gave the cooler to a friend and told him the puppies were "probably just sleeping" when he noticed that they weren't moving, police said.
The dogs, however, were already dead.
The incident happened following an argument between Matthews and her boyfriend, who breeds the dogs, police said.
"Due to the argument, apparently she told him that she was going to kill the puppies," Linden Police Capt. James Sarnicki told 1010 WINS. "She had the dogs in her possession and took them out of their cage and placed them into a cooler for reasons which escape me and apparently the dogs suffocated from inadequate ventilation."
Matthews denied responsibility for the dogs' deaths, but has been charged with four counts of animal cruelty.
Each charge carries a fine of between $500 and $2,000 and up to six months in jail.
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