Crimes of passion, they've been filling the jail cells of the world ever since there were jail cells to be filled. This time it looks like the heavy steel door of incarceration will remain open for a man in Brazil who allegedly assaulted his wife with of all things a poodle. The man, in an alleged jealous rage, picked up the four pound dog and swung it at the woman's head twice.

The force of the blows were unfortunately fatal to the small dog. The woman reportedly had bruises on her face and neck. The man was not charged by police who said the attack was not highly dangerous to the woman. Domestic abuse advocates and animal rights advocates are not going to let this story go away without an arrest. Those groups are petitioning the government of Brazil to charge the man with assault and cruelty to animals.