Police: Oyster Bay woman smothered dog with hair bands

FRANKLIN SQUARE - An Oyster Bay woman was charged with animal cruelty today for allegedly suffocating her boyfriend's dog. Police say Nicole Ottaiano, 20, was at a home on Barnes Street in Franklin Square last night when she put a pair of hair bands on the dog's snout and smothered it with a blanket.

Investigators say when Ottaiano checked on the dog, an 11-year-old Staffordshire terrier named Little, it was panting and managed to get the bands off. According to court documents obtained by News 12 Long Island, Ottaiano then tied the bands on Little's snout even tighter and smothered the dog again, this time killing it.

Ottaiano told police she was only playing with the pet and didn't mean to kill it.

Police say the dog's owner, 39-year-old Michael Callahan, who is a veterinarian technician, came back into the room to find his dog not breathing. He told police he attempted to revive Little, but to no avail.

Callahan also told investigators that Ottaiano tried to do the same thing to his other dog, but he had caught her in the act.

Ottaiano remains behind bars on $5,000 bail. She is due back in court Thursday.

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