A woman in Philadelphia faces charges of assaulting her girlfriend and placing the woman’s dog in a microwave.
Kirsten J. Gaskins, 31, is a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles football team. According to Police, after the team lost their game Sunday, a drunken Gaskins entered into an argument with her girlfriend. The couple had booked a room at the Best Western hotel in Hanover Township, Northampton County, as a ‘getaway.’
The girlfriend says Gaskins began yelling about her team losing to the New Orleans Saints. Gaskins then allegedly pushed her partner to the ground and hit her in the face. Gaskins told her that if she left the hotel room, she’d put her pet Pomeranian into the microwave and kill it.
The woman fought back, scratching Gaskin, before fleeing the room.
When police turned up at the hotel that evening, Gaskins refused to speak to them. They saw that the victim had blood on her face. They also found the victim’s white Pomeranian in the microwave.
Fortunately, the microwave remained switched off and the dog unharmed. However, the oven was too small for the animal, who was unable to even turn around. The microwave was also poorly ventilated.
Gaskins was charged with simple assault, harassment, cruelty to animals and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cops found a marijuana grinder in her jacket pocket.
Appearing in court yesterday, she was arraigned by District Judge Robert Hawke and released on $20,000 unsecured bail.
Links betweens incidents of domestic abuse and the performance of sports teams are not uncommon. In 2013, a study by Lancaster University in the UK found that incidents of domestic abuse rose 38% when the national England football team lost a match.
If you are experiencing any signs of domestic abuse, remember – you’re not alone.
Are you in the US? Contact The Anti-Violence Project hotline: 1-212-714-1141.
Are you in the UK? Contact Galop, who run the National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428
Or see our list of global support services for LGBTI people, in alphabetical order.
H/T: Morning Call