Crime

Danielle Blankenship: Charge for killing cat by blowing heroin smoke in its face dropped

Last month, Danielle Blankenship, 21, was accused of misdemeanor animal cruelty for allegedly killing her cat by blowing heroin smoke in its face -- and Boulder authorities talked about upping the charge to a felony if any heroin turned up in the cat's system. But none did, prompting the district attorney's office to decide against pursuing any animal cruelty counts. But Blankenship's not free and clear yet.

"The toxicology came back negative for heroin," says DA's office spokeswoman Catherine Olguin about the necropsy of Muffin, Blankenship's cat, which expired some time after police were called to officiate a domestic dispute involving her and Robert Thompson, her former boyfriend. Thompson is the one who reportedly told police Blankenship had been smoking heroin and blown some of it in Muffin's face. For her part, she denied smoking heroin at all, let alone giving her cat of blast of secondhand smoke.

Not that Blankenship is completely off the hook. Olguin notes that "she still faces a third-degree assault charge" stemming from Thompson's assertion that she hit him in the face.

The hearing on that matter is slated for tomorrow -- and will presumably be much more ordinary than if Muffin had been the center of attention.

More from our Marijuana archive: "No sharing, stoners: Vet says pot can kill your dog."

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
Contact: Michael Roberts