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Niagara Falls woman allegedly stabs boyfriend's puppy, jealous of his relationship with the puppy

Posted at 1:31 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 14:22:24-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Niagara Falls woman faces an aggravated cruelty to animals charge after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend's dog.

Niagara Falls Animal Control Officer Dave Bower says 54-year-old Christina Leighton was jealous of her boyfriend's relationship with the dog which led to the stabbing.

The incident occurred in a home on Whirlpool Street Wednesday afternoon. Two Socks, a female mixed-hound dog who is less than a year old was found bleeding from its neck.

Upon arrival, police found the knife and 54-year-old Leighton was found with her hands covered in blood.

The dog's owner says he was at work and got a call from Leighton indicating that she stabbed the dog, he came home from work to find his dog bleeding from her neck.

According to the animal control officer, the man told officers Leighton has become jealous because he has been spending more and more time with the dog and she liked the dog as a puppy but liked it less as it got older.

Two Socks was transported to the Niagara SPCA where she underwent surgery, she is expected to make a full recovery.

Leighton was scheduled for arraignment in Niagara Falls City Court on Thursday but she failed to appear prompting the issuing of the arrest warrant.

Niagara Falls City Court officials say she turned herself in Friday and an order of protection was issued for the owner and the dog. She is due back in court December 10th.

The Niagara SPCA announced Friday morning Two Socks has been reunited with her owner.