NYPD Blue Writer Faces Year in Prison Over Dog Killing
Ted Shuttleworth allegedly punched his poodle in the face
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2012 11:06 AM CDT
Not the poodle Ted Shuttleworth allegedly killed.   (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

(Newser) – Today's Awful Sort-of-Celeb Crime: A former NYPD Blue screenwriter faces up to a year in prison … for allegedly beating his poodle to death. Ted Shuttleworth, 51 (and, the New York Post helpfully informs us, 230 pounds), took his 4.5-pound dog to the vet after allegedly punching her so hard in the face that she suffered a brain injury on May 29. He was apparently angry at the 5-year-old dog at the time, and she died of her injuries; he was arrested over the weekend after the vet voiced suspicions about her death. The Post is most decidedly not on Shuttleworth's side, referring to him as a "washed-up TV screenwriter" and noting that he "now reads scripts for $300 a pop." TMZ has a picture of him.

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Jun 21, 2012 10:49 PM CDT
I will never truly understand how someone can hurt a defenseless, innocent creature who cannot even express what happened to them or who hurt them. A dog only seeks to please those who live with it (its pack) and is completely dependent on its human companions for the very basics of life (food and shelter). It leaves me baffled and sick to my stomach.
Jun 19, 2012 12:42 PM CDT
dont care what he was he is now scum!
Jun 19, 2012 12:52 AM CDT
Some people are just not deserving of an animal's love. I hope he gets what's coming to him through both the justice system and God's hands.