Woman charged with abusing little dog she was dogsitting

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A Florida woman has been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly abusing the dog she was sitting.

Christy Hopkins was witnessed with "Princess Molly" tossing the little dog into the ocean on a leash. The witness told our Fox sister station the act was abuse.

" It looked like they were throwing a bag around at the end of a string.  They were throwing it on the beach, then throwing it in the water, then dragging it through the water, and all of a sudden, I realized it was a dog," said Elizabeth Grindle.

Hopkins told Fox 13 News that she loves the dog and would never hurt her. 

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