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A Niagara Falls woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend's dog because she was jealous of his relationship with the puppy. Christina Leighton, 54, was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, after Niagara Falls police said they arrived at a Whirlpool Street home to find a young female mixed-hound dog bleeding from it…

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A Buffalo man has been accused of killing his children's cat and then sending them pictures of the dead animal, according to a police report. The twisted tale begins late Saturday night, when Buffalo police received a 911 call from a woman who told them a her ex-husband killed a cat in an apartment on Carolina Street on the city's Lower West Side. When police arrived…

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A Sherman man faces animal cruelty charges after 14 chickens were found dead in a chicken coop on property he previously owned, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. James L. Linger, 43, was charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring an animal (failure to provide sustenance) following an investigation. Officials said that at 8:25 a.m. on April 18…

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The dogs found dead on the side of a Town of Lockport road last week may have been poisoned, according to an autopsy of one of the animals. Although initial reports from the town animal control officer and the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said the dogs appeared to have been beaten and burned, the animal autopsy did not confirm that was the cause of death. Timothy …

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A man was arrested after he gave up looking for his lost dog while at the Walmart in Warsaw, according to the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office. Sean Carey, 29, of Castile was charged Wednesday with abandonment of an animal. On Tuesday, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office received a call about a man who had left a husky at Walmart. It was reported to deputies that the …

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An Orleans County woman faces charges in connection with the alleged suffocation of her cat and dog, according to Albion Village Police. Suzanne K. Fredenburg, of the Village of Albion, was charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal, an E class felony under the state's Agriculture and Market Law, Albion Village Police said. Albion Village Police said …

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A Royalton man faces one count of animal cruelty after witnesses recorded him beating a 7-month-old Doberman Pinscher puppy. Jay Kenneth, 33, of Rochester Road was arrested by Niagara County Sheriff's deputies at the request of the Niagara SPCA and immediately transported for arraignment. SPCA officials said they received a call Wednesday from the sheriff's office ab…

A Niagara Falls woman has been charged with animal cruelty after police found two malnourished dogs in her home. Tina Merecki, 48, of Niagara Street, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of failure to provide proper sustenance to the animals, which is a charge under the New York State Agricultural and Markets Law. Niagara Falls Police Department officers at about …

JAMESTOWN  - Two Jamestown residents are facing drug, child endangerment and animal cruelty charges after  Jamestown and State Police officers executed a search warrant Friday at an East Second Street apartment. Police said they found more than 28 grams of cocaine, marijuana, illegal fireworks and more than $9,000 in cash. A child was in the house during the raid at  8:…

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NIAGARA FALLS  – Middleport farmer Richard Heschke made an agreement with the Niagara County SPCA on Tuesday to turn over all of his livestock: 44 cattle, two pigs, 12 ducks, and more than two dozen cats. Niagara County SPCA Executive Director Amy Lewis said the agreement will end a civil case, which would have required him to post a bond for the continued care of the a…

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The Niagara County SPCA charged a Middleport farmer with 47 animal cruelty counts after they found five dead cows and emaciated cattle and pigs on his farm at 2572 Drum Road. Niagara County SPCA Director Amy Lewis said they had been monitoring owner Richard Heschke, 80, since April in order to avoid charging him, but on Tuesday they found conditions had worsened and thr…