Woman Gets Jail Term For Death Of Dog She Threw Into Traffic

A New Jersey woman who fatally threw her neighbor’s small dog into traffic during an argument over a parking space has been sentenced to four years in state prison.

Haniyyah Barnes was also ordered Wednesday to pay the neighbor $2,000 in restitution and perform 30 days of community service to an organization involved with the prevention of cruelty to animals.

The 29-year-old Newark resident was convicted last October on animal cruelty, theft and criminal mischief charges. But the Essex County jury could not reach a verdict on a burglary charge.

Prosecutors say Barnes kicked in the front door of her neighbor’s home in August 2011 and eventually threw the 2-year-old Shih Tzu into traffic. It was then struck by a vehicle.