'A ritual sacrifice': Missouri woman charged with stealing dog, setting it on fire

As part of a reported ritualistic sacrifice, police in Missouri say a woman stole a dog, killed it and set it on fire.

Brianna Lynn Lingo, 29, is facing felony charges of stealing an animal and animal abuse by torture and mutilation while the animal was alive, online Missouri court records show.

The crime took place at Lingo's mother's home in Moberly, just north of Columbia.

A Moberly Police Department spokesperson told USA TODAY that officers arrested Lingo Thursday, after her mother dialed 911 asking for help.

During the call, Lingo's mother told officials her daughter killed her dog – a terrier mix – as part of "a ritual sacrifice" according to a probable cause affidavit. The affidavit did not elaborate on the sacrifice the owner referred to.

When officers arrived at the mother's home they found the dog's body, which had been burned in a fire pit in a courtyard.

Breanna Lynn Lingo is facing charges of animal abuse and stealing an animal, both felonies.
Breanna Lynn Lingo is facing charges of animal abuse and stealing an animal, both felonies.

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According to the affidavit, Lingo told detectives she strangled and then burned its body. She did not elaborate.

Police arrested her and booked her into the Randolph County Jail where she was being held Friday on $15,000 bond.

A Randolph County court spokesman told USA TODAY Lingo was arraigned Friday morning and is due back in court on June 21 for a bond hearing.

Natalie Neysa Alund covers trending news for USA TODAY. Reach her at nalund@usatoday.com and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.

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