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Man arrested for allegedly killing dog in Niagara Falls

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Posted at 10:56 AM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 12:10:56-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — A man has been arrested for allegedly killing a dog in Niagara Falls, according to the Niagara Falls Police Department.

Police say a man found his 5-month-old female Siberian husky motionless in his back yard with an unknown man standing over it.

When the owner went to get his dog to bring it in the house the unknown man fled on foot.

The owner attempted to revive the dog and then rushed it to a local animal hospital where it was pronounced dead. A necropsy was done at the Cornell Animal Health Diagnostic Center and showed the dog died as a result of blunt force trauma.

67-year-old Brian Benjamin was identified as the man who was standing over the dog and he was taken into custody on April 21 without incident.

He faces an aggravated cruelty to animals charge and was given an appearance ticket, he is due to return to court May 19.

7 Eyewitness News spoke with the dog's family earlier this month.

"I just want justice," said Melissa Cummings, the dog's owner. "Why? I don't know what she would have done to make someone brutally murder her for no reason."