Tiny dog’s skull crushed; woman faces 2 charges

A Courtenay woman has been charged with beating a chihuahua so badly it had to be put down.

Kylie Nikkels is scheduled to make her first court appearance Oct. 20 to face two counts of animal cruelty. The dog involved was a seven-year-old “teacup” or miniature chihuahua named Bianca that was owned by the accused’s grandmother.

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