Former NYPD Blue Screenwriter Arrested for Allegedly Killing His Dog

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 5:00pm

Shame on you, Ted Shuttleworth. The former screenwriter on the acclaimed television series NYPD Blue has just been arrested by ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Agents for beating his Toy Poodle, Lola, to death.

The 51-year-old is accused of striking his four pound dog in the face causing massive brain injury.

“This is a clear case of inexplicable brutality against a tiny helpless animal victim,” says Stacy Wolf, ASPCA Vice President and Chief Counsel for the Humane Law Enforcement Department. “The necropsy established in graphic detail that this dog died a violent death.”

Shuttleworth was arrested on Saturday by ASPCA Special Investigator Paul Romano. His next court date is July 26 in Queens Criminal Court.

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Lisa Adams

Hope he gets mega jail time!!!! the low life.

don reid

Ok, let's have a new law. You abuse a dog, animal, cat, whatever, you get in return what you did to the victim.... This jerk beat his 4 lb poodle to death? OK, that's what HE gets.

Gayane Kazarosyan

Get me a bat and he'll feel exactly what that poor dog felt! BASTARD!


OMG that poor dog! I hope she is doggy heaven. And I pray that she didn't have to suffer that it was quick. That BASTARD! He should have done to him the crime that he committed against her. This story makes me cry.


I cannot no imagine someone beating a helpless pup to death. It sickens me to think the pain she must have felt in her last moments. I think now for a crime like this, this should be treated like a human murder. Lola ate, slept & has a heart, she's alive to me like a human and there should be NO MERCY for this piece of $#%t. Poor Lola was probably thinking what she done wrong to deserve this from a person she loved & trusted.

sharon martin

I pray the poor little thing didn't suffer. It breaks my heart I can't stand to think about it much. He'll get what he deserves.

audrey williamson

Lets beat the crap out of him. Plain and simple. This is sickening

Kim Schmidt

Murder is murder whether an animal or person-both living friend you are going to Hell.
For persons to think in such a manner and to carry out such violence...we need more protection from these kinds of preditors-how can we protect those we love when a 'seemingly' OK persons does such a horrible thing-trust me there has been many red flags before this.


If only "sharing" this sort of news ( and horrendously horrible it is) were the answer to protecting or helping to save the next possible victim but it's not. It angers people. It incites rage in some. It brings the real ugly out in some die hard animal lovers. All justifiably however I won't share the awful tragedy one man chose to commit on an innocent. Instead I will keep it in mind there are millions of pets , more than that even that have no voice, no way of telling of their ordeal. No one to visit them in the shelters, no one to even 'think' of them as anything more than a common household pet. Even our house pets are being fed as if they are little garbage disposals, allowed to grow fat and then we cry when they develop cancer or liver disease or gum cancer cause no one thought cats and dogs were suppose to have their teeth brushed. If you ask me we are perpetuating moronic behavior when we become so lazy and ignorant that one little life means so little. Let alone one some people have three four even five pets and think there's nothing to it.
Okay here' what I'll do, I'll tweak my dog Napoleons diet to be a nutritious one. One with out fillers and gunk and from America only. I'll also take him next week to get fixed. We have more than enough underprivileged and abused pets in this world. And the next time I want another family member added to this home I will adopt and not give the puppy mills any more money and give a sweet innocent abandoned kitten a loving home. So much has been done wrong to animals everywhere simply because we choose to remain ignorant, uneducated and that just makes us unfeeling, uncaring and part of the whole problem. I refuse to remain ignorant but I won't spread horrible news through a "share' if I can't be certain of the out come. It's all in that saying, "two wrongs don't make a right" .

Monica J Crouch

The best punishment for him would to be blackballed from Hollywood and have his career ruined for this brutality. He should not be allowed to own a pet ever again and do some jail time. What a freaking dumb@$$, he needs some sense slapped into him.