Kristine Sellie-Hanson enters Fargo bar, swings her dog in air by leash, gets arrested

Categories: Animals, Crime
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Kristine Sellie-Hanson is in a violent, dysfunctional relationship... with her dog.
If dogs truly are man's best friend, then we'd hate to see how Kristine Sellie-Hanson treats people.

Sellie-Hanson, 27, was arrested early yesterday morning after swinging Buddy the Lhasa Apso by its leash in a Fargo bar. She was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, and resisting a police officer.

Sellie-Hanson's relationship with Buddy has all the hallmarks of a dysfunctional girlfriend-boyfriend relationship -- after she spent the night in jail and he spent the night in the a veterinary hospital, Sellie-Hanson told Fargo's WDAY that "Buddy wants to be with me, he is not like other dogs... the only reason I am with him is he chose to be with me." Right.

According to the Fargo Inforum, patrons at two bars in downtown Fargo called police to report that Sellie-Hanson was screaming hysterically and threatening to kill Buddy. She was spotted swinging the dog in the air by his leash and pulling his hair out.
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Buddy was swung in the air by his leash, but thankfully unhurt.

Said a Fargo policeman: "The biggest thing was swinging the leash around with the dog attached to the leash... very disturbing to the patrons inside and people came to the aid of the animal."

Once police arrived, Sellie-Hanson refused to follow their instructions. She was escorted out of the Empire and told not to return, but she tried to re-enter the bar several times before police finally got fed up and hauled her to jail.

Buddy, unfortunately, was reunited with Sellie-Hanson after she bailed out of Cass County jail. All we can say to him is hang in there, man. Even if it doesn't seem like it, there are lots of good women out there that would treat a cute Lhasa Apso with the respect you deserve. Don't get jaded, and oh yeah -- when Kristine starts drinking, for your own sake, either run away or play dead.


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30 comments
Training Dog Leash
Training Dog Leash

How could she do that ? Such a bad deed . Thanks for this though . :))

CS
CS

I can't believe they gave that poor baby back to that monster!! It should be illegal for them to put the poor animal back in harms way! They take other peoples animals away all the time for a lot less.

Training Leash
Training Leash

Well it's just right for her to get arrested . She's mean I can say ! .

Kari Sellie-Hanson
Kari Sellie-Hanson

First off... Wow. The media is extremely misinformed about this story, as is the IDIOT blogger that wrote this. Do you realize every single criminal case that hits the news is all based off of the exact same thing? All any newspaper articles, blogs, and news stories are based off of the same measly police report.  A paper. It's ridiculous that things get blown out of like this, especially since a big chunk of the police report was bullshit.

Let me paint a picture for you.  I'm 5'9, and I weigh about 130. There is no possible way I'd be able to pick up my 25 pound dog (Buddy) by his leash alone, much less swing it. Doesn't that just sound ridiculous?  My sister is around 5'4, and I presume she weighs just a bit less than I do. So... Since there is no way in hell that I could physically pick up my dog and swing him by the leash, there is no way my sister could either. Not to mention that Buddy is the most stubborn dog in the universe, so I doubt he would even budge. 

The thing that actually happen was her jerking him by his leash a bit. Not in a harmful way, mind you. Buddy is possibly one of the most stubborn dogs out there. I doubt he would have moved id she had not yanked on his leash. Kristine left because the bartender (In the dirtiest bar in Fargo) was being downright disrespectful and mean. As soon as Kristine left the bar, that poor excuse for a woman made a 911 call reporting animal abuse.

Every single story I have read on the subject has been complete bullshit so far. Oh, and I noticed the nice comment you wrote at the end.  "Buddy, unfortunately, was reunited with Sellie-Hanson after she bailed out of Cass County jail."  That statement right there is pure fiction. Did you make that up yourself?? As I'm typing this, Buddy is snoozing comfortably in his bed at my Father's house. My Dad, my brother, and myself makes sure that he gets plenty of love - trust me. I go there everyday.

This is by far the worst article I have read since the incident happened. My sister has had an extremely hard life, and jerks like you aren't making it better. My advice to you? Next time you come across a story like this, you should probably check your facts.

Zhava
Zhava

That little dude was released back to his "step father" ? Dudes like that (dogs) can't sign papers and stuff.

Charlieq
Charlieq

This is just cruelty in another form. A troubled woman in Fargo isn't Minneapolis news. Why does it belong in City Pages?

MLH
MLH

It seems like Aaron Rupar is making a joke out of abuse of an animal.  I like my humor just as much as anyone else, but keep it out of animal abuse stories. 

Guest
Guest

tell me I misread that they gave the dog back...

Jermaine
Jermaine

This woman is psychologically and emotionally mess up.She act like the dog was her boyfriend,and then she bring him to a bar,and  try to kill him.Glad someone had call the police and turn her in animals shouldn;t be treated that way.

Training Leash
Training Leash

Deserved to be punished . How could she do that to the dog ? Thanks for the share anyway. Keep posting . :)

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

2 ND stories in one day, must be slow news. How about writing how the great one misspoke about historical facts. President Hayes was for the phone and actually 1st president to have it installed in the white house.

Obama needs to also needs to find out about flat earthers. They didn't exist when the Mayflower came over to this Great Country. They also believe in global warmings.

MMM, two stupid comments by Obama and we get North Dakota sloppy stories.

disgusted
disgusted

Aaron Rupar, you are the worst kind of blogger out there.  The only research you did on this was read the tiny, mis-informed InForum article and watch the WDAY video.

Now you go spreading this like fact, without recognizing that this was based solely off of the statements of a couple drunks at 2 of the grimiest bars in the city.

This is a case of something getting blown way out of proportion.  Buddy is very old and cannot respond to verbal commands, as he is nearly deaf.  The dog is also quite stubborn to boot.  Kristine had to yank on Buddy's leash to get him to move when she wanted go.  A drunk sees this and screams "Did you see what she did to that dog?!"  And next thing you know the bar is up in arms and a rumor mill begins to happen, until it turns into "She was swinging the dog in the air!"  Complete and utter BS.

More inaccuracies of your report, further proof that you did not do any sort of investigating yourself, is that Buddy was not released back to Kristine, but instead the original owner of the dog, Kristine's step-father CT.  Kristine had taken the dog away from CT because she was more apt to care for the animal than he was.  This is sick victimization by the media.  I have known Kristine for many many years, and these acts would be impossible for her to commit.

Research
Research

Surprised they gave the dog back.  Broken woman are unpredictable at times.

Messpie
Messpie

 Get this poor dog a real home. I don't care if he keeps your sister sane by her throwing him around. How about a mental hospital instead of abusing a dog?

Kari Sellie-Hanson
Kari Sellie-Hanson

That "Little Dude" is named Buddy. He was released back to my sister's adopted father, aka MY Dad. He is the legal and original owner of Buddy. Buddy is our family dog. My Dad bought him when I was when we were kids, 3 months after my Mom had passed away. He is extremely important to all of us, especially my sister. Her mental health might not be completely intact, but there is not a chance in hell that she would hurt him. He is one of the main things that helps keep her sane. By the way, he is doing just fine. He doesn't have a scratch on him. He is currently snoozing happily at my feet.

BostonRocco
BostonRocco

So you scrambled up on your sad, little soapbox to make a comment about Obama on an article about a crazy woman abusing her dog.  Just plain ridiculous.  Calm down and do something productive.

FellowHuman
FellowHuman

Nobody needs to find out about 'flat earthers.' Flat earthers need to find out about the shape of the planet.

FargoJo
FargoJo

As a former worker at both bars, All of my friends were the workers involved. The story isn't bullshit in the slightest, in fact it's pretty tame for what actually happened and they made no allusions to the current state of your friends mental health. What happened was... Both bars involved had been kicking her out back and forth (they're about half a block away from each other) for 1.5 hrs because of her disturbing behavior. A few of my friends said she didn't actually appear to be intoxicated (from alcohol at least) more off her meds or having a complete mental breakdown (intermittent crying and yelling for no reason and saying rude things to people at random). The dog stuff didn't happen until the end of that hour and a half. She was grabbing handfuls of the dogs hair and ripping it out and threatening to kill it after her 7th or 8th time being thrown out. It took 4 officers to subdue her and put her in the squad car. I'm sorry for your friend's current mental health but this DID happen.

Tons of crazy things happen in the Empire everyday and every night, so if anybody that works there gives more than a days thought to a disturbing event like this it has to be significant. All the bartenders there are dog owners and lovers the only reason they "took" the dog from her is because her behavior and treatment of the dog was so disturbing. It might be completely out of character for her, but it happened. The mind is a terrifying thing sometimes. 

FellowHuman
FellowHuman

Obviously, that explains the mugshot she got for NOT resisting arrest... right?

CJ
CJ

Hmmm...so she wasn't screaming and pulling the dog's hair out? I know it was all the dog's fault.  

Kari Sellie-Hanson
Kari Sellie-Hanson

We've been trying to get my sister help for her mental health. I already stated that. Of course she needs help. However, she didn't throw him around or even hurt him. You weren't there, you don't know the story, butt out. Buddy isn't even her dog. He's our family dog. Buddy was just staying with my sister every once and a while. He is now back at his HOME, with my Father.

Kari Sellie-Hanson
Kari Sellie-Hanson

Hmm. She grabbed handfuls of the dogs hair and ripped it out? A dog that got handfuls of hair ripped out would surely have thin or patchy looking hair! Maybe even baldspots.... Funny thing about that is that Buddy just so happens to be my dog. He was returned to my Dad the morning after, and he did not have a scratch on him. No patches of fur ripped out. Not even a slight marking.  Also, Buddy is the world to Kristine. Buddy is one of the few things that keeps her sane. She would never, ever in her life kill that dog.

I don't deny that my sister has issues. She made a big, big scene that night while they were trying to arrest her. She didn't do it to defy the law. Having her skip her meds and be in the kind of state she was.... Her mind told her that was the right thing to do. You and I know it's wrong, but it just does not click that way in her brain. My whole family knows that she has serious mental health issues. How could we not? We love her, and we are trying to get the best possible care that she can receive.

Oh, and a side note. My sister is about 5'4" and about 125lbs, if even. Not a chance would she be strong enough to pick the dog up by his leash, let alone swing him in the air. The whole idea is ridiculous.

Compassionate
Compassionate

I only wish I knew where she lived.  For the sake of the dog, I'd contact an animal rescue group to come to it's aid.  If I were there, I'd break the law (gasp) and kidnap the dog and care for him/her until I could get it adopted to a good home

TiaBinkerton
TiaBinkerton

How is it that she brings her dog into two different bars all night?  Isn't that against the health code?  Sounds like other people were used to seeing and drinking with Buddy, too. Sounds like drunk idiots out of control and not too much more. 

FargoJo
FargoJo

Oh, and also the workers who were actually the ones to step in weren't drunk. 

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