Trial Begins In Case Of Dog Taped To Fridge

Abby Toll Faces Felony Charge In Boulder Trial

The trial began Monday for a former University of Colorado student charged with felony animal cruelty after she allegedly taped a dog to a refrigerator.

Abby Toll, 21, was with her lawyer as she walked past animal lovers who held signs that there should be "zero tolerance" for animal abuse.

Toll was arrested on April 14, 2009, after police found a 2-year-old Shiba Inu named "Rex" stuck to a refrigerator with clear packing tape. Police said they determined the dog was taped as a result of an argument between Toll and her then-boyfriend Bryan Beck.

Toll was upset with Beck because he did not get rid of his dog after it bit her, according to a police report.

Rex was adopted by a new family who renamed him Yoshi, which means good luck.

Toll left CU after her arrest and now lives in Chicago.

Beck pleaded guilty to misdemeanor attempted animal cruelty last summer and was given a one-year deferred sentence. Prosecutors said the charge was filed because Beck continued fighting with Toll while his dog remained stuck to the fridge.

Toll's charge is a felony and she could be sentenced to up to 18 months in prison if she is found guilty.