Raleigh teen denies hurting dog in drowning, abuse case

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Annaliese Petersen denies hurting her rescue dog before it drowned in a pool (WTVD)

One of the two teens charged in the drowning death of their dog denies that she hurt the black lab during the incident.

The Raleigh Police Department has charged two 19-year-olds Khai Daugherty and Annaliese Renae Petersen with animal cruelty in the drowning of a dog at an apartment complex pool.

Khai Daugherty and Annaliese Renae Petersen

The investigation began Friday morning in the 8300 block of Stonebrook Terrace. Investigators said the dog was beaten and then drowned in the pool the night before.

Speaking with ABC11 Monday, Petersen denied hurting the animal. She said she and Daugherty, her boyfriend, rescued the nearly two-year-old dog, "Eclipse," from the Wake County Animal Shelter in March.

"I just know he was outside in a pen all his life, so the life he had with us was much better," she said of the dog. "We starved for that dog."

Petersen said she was swimming in another part of the pool when Daugherty brought the dog over and said it was dead. She said he and the dog had been playing in the water moments before.

"He told me he was just dunking him under the water," she said. "I had no idea of the extent of what was actually happening. The police think I knew. I honest-to-God had no idea."

She told ABC11 she tried to perform CPR to no avail when Daugherty stepped in.

"He was punching his chest to basically, desperately, get him to breathe," she said. "What I was doing was pressing his stomach. I was also pressing his chest. I was blowing in his nose."

She says Daugherty had been playing with Eclipse earlier and she "didn't see anything."

Petersen said she and Daugherty took the dog to a nearby wooded area and left it there.

She made her first court appearance Monday morning. She's due back in court September 12 and could face 39 months in prison if convicted.

On Monday afternoon, a judge raised Daugherty's bond from $3,000 to $10,000. He's also due back in court September 12.

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