July 17, 2014

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Monticello man charged with stabbing dog during domestic dispute


MONTICELLO – A 31-year-old Monticello man has been charged with stabbing their family dog during a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.

State Police said Reginald Raheem Gipson was charged with two counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance, and harassment.

On Saturday night, July 12, troopers at the Liberty barracks received a phone call from a veterinarian at an animal hospital questing that a trooper witness the euthanasia of an injured two-year-old pit bull dog that had been dropped off by its owner.

The dog had two stab wounds, one on the top of its skull and the other to the chest.

The vet said the dog’s owner and her boyfriend brought the animal to the hospital stating they found him on the road with the stab wounds. The vet also noticed the man had a bite wound on his arm.

The dog, a two-year-old pit bull, eventually died from the wounds.

Further investigation revealed the dog and her and her boyfriend had been involved in a heated domestic dispute Saturday evening and that the dog bit the man’s arm in an attempt to protect its owner. The man then choked, kicked and eventually stabbed the dog to death.

Gipson was arraigned and remanded to the Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail. A temporary order of protection was issued on behalf of the dog owner.


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