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Charges filed against Moberly woman accused of killing dog as sacrifice


A Moberly woman has been charged with two felonies for allegedly killing a dog and then burning its body in what the dog's owner says was some sort of sacrifice.

The Randolph County Prosecutor's Office charged Brianna L. Lingo, 29, with felony counts of stealing an animal and animal abuse. Lingo was arrested at 4 a.m. Thursday at a home in the 300 block of Wightman Street, according to the Moberly Police Department.

Police said officers responded to a call from the dog's owner that her daughter, Lingo, had killed their dog and burned its body to make a sacrifice. The probable cause statement did not describe the type of sacrifice the owner was referring to. Officers located the body of the dog in a firepit in the courtyard of the home, according to court documents.

"To my knowledge, we haven't had any reports like this in Moberly that I can recollect, anyways this was the first one of those. Of course, we investigated different animal abuse cases over the years but never one to this extent that I'm aware of," said Troy Link, Moberly's chief of police.

Lingo reportedly admitted to police during an interview she strangled the dog and burned its body.

Randolph County Jail records show Lingo is being held on a $5,000 cash bond. No hearings have been scheduled in her case.

"It's pretty much a straightforward case," said Link. "We got a call and was presented with that and we contacted the person and she said yes I did and then under Miranda, she repeated that yes she had done this".

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