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Case ID: 18651
Classification: Stabbing
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Monday, Sep 12, 2011

County: New Haven

Disposition: Alleged
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Alleged: Michelle Masella

An East Haven woman was charged Wednesday with cruelty to animals, weeks after she falsely blamed her ex-boyfriend for stabbing her dog, police said.

Michelle Masella, 43, of 38 Massachusetts Ave., told police on Sept. 12 that she saw a car that looked like her ex-boyfriend's in the vicinity of her home. About the same time, she told police, she heard her dog yelp loudly and return to her house with a knife stuck in its chest.

The 68-pound boxer was treated at a local veterinarian for wounds to its right shoulder and chest and survived.

Bailey is now safe in the hands of animal control in East Haven and will stay there to recover while the investigation is on going.

Masella told police that the knife she pulled out of the dog belonged to her ex-boyfriend, police said.

The ex-boyfriend was located, questioned and cleared of any wrongdoing.

Police later learned that the wounds to the dog could not have occurred as Masella described and that there were inconsistencies in Masella's story, police said.

Masella was charged with cruelty to animals, filing a false report, interfering with police and failure to vaccinate.

She was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court on October 12, 2011.

On an side note, police say they also arrested Masella last Monday on larceny and forgery charges for trying to use her ex's checks.


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