New Haven, CT – A dog was one woman’s pawn in an apparent attempt to frame an ex-boyfriend.
The woman, Michelle Masella, 43, is accused of stabbing her own dog and then making it appear that it was her ex-boyfriend who was responsible.
The victim in this bizarre scheme is the woman’s own Boxer – a dog who was stabbed in the chest.
Back on September 12, Masella told the police that her dog was found wandering in the park with a knife embedded in his chest. She claimed that the knife belonged to her ex-boyfriend.
But Masella’s story failed to hold up under closer scrutiny.
After questioning the ex-boyfriend and searching the park and area around the woman’s apartment for blood, police determined that Masella’s story was false.
The veterinarian who treated the dog also told authorities that the stab wound was too superficial for the dog to have been walking around as long as his owner claimed that he had.
Though Masella was released on $5000 bond, she will have to appear in court on October 12 to face charges of animal cruelty, filing a false report, failing to vaccinate a dog, and interfering with police.
No word on where the Boxer went after his owner was arrested.
Note: The dog featured in the photo which accompanies this story is not the dog from the story. This is Chevy, a dog available for adoption through Adopt a Boxer Rescue. Read Chevy’s Petfinder profile at this link.
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