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Woman's Yorkie Dies After Being Hit With Cupcake Rack In Argument

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A man is accused of killing his girlfriend's Yorkshire terrier after throwing a cupcake cooling rack at it during a drunken argument.Brian Scott Burlingame got into an argument with his girlfriend on Sunday night in their home on the 15300 block of Yukon Avenue in Lawndale around 10 p.m. when he got upset and threw the kitchen object at her. Burlingame's girlfriend was holding her dog, Bodie, in her arms when Burlingame threw the metal, two-tiered cooling rack at her and struck the dog. "The victim immediately saw that her dog was bleeding from the head," Lieutenant John Hocking of the Sheriff's Department told the Daily Breeze.

The woman took the dog to a vet but unfortunately Bodie could not be saved. The woman also complained of pain from being hit with the rack.

Burlingame was arrested later, Monday morning, when they found him driving around 149th Street and Inglewood Avenue. According to authorities, the couple had been arguing about their relationship.

On Wednesday morning, Burlingame was arraigned in court and plead not guilty to charges of spousal abuse and cruelty to animals. If convicted, he faces five years and eight months in prison.