Memphis teen kills dog, then puts dog head in drawer and heart in freezer, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis teen is facing animal cruelty charges after she brutally killed her grandmother's dog.

Kyoko Smith, 18, cut the head off a Shih-Tzu dog that belonged to her grandmother. Smith put the head of the dog in her dresser, then placed the heart of her dog in the freezer, according to court records.

Police were called to the 6600 block of Miller's Pond Circle in southeast Memphis Nov. 13.

Investigators said Smith admitted that she killed the dog.

Police were also told that someone received pictures of the dead dog from Smith.

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FOX13 was in the courtroom Monday as Smith faced the Shelby County judge.

Smith was charged with killing an animal, which is a class E felony. She was released from jail on a $5,000 bond.

One of the conditions of her bond was counseling.

Before her next court appearance, Smith will have to prove to judge William Anderson that she is trying to get help.

Kaitlin Montoya counsels at-risk kids at Youth Villages.

"Sometimes kids don't know how to express their emotions in ways that are always helpful and healthy for them, so they may come out in other ways," said Montoya.

Because Smith just turned 18, we have no way of knowing if she has a violent past.

According to Montoya, actions like Smith's don't necessarily mean there will be more violence.

"It doesn't necessarily mean anything could escalate. It just means the child doesn't know how to express and communicate what they need and what's going on."

FOX13 stopped by Smith's home and the grandmother's home, but no one answered.

It's still unclear why she killed her grandmother's dog.

Smith's next appearance is Dec. 9.