FRANKLIN SQUARE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Police say 20-year-old Nicole Ottaiano of Oyster Bay is responsible for a shocking crime in Franklin Square.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall With The Story

They have charged her with suffocating her boyfriend’s dog.

Police say her boyfriend noticed her putting hair bands around the snout of  his Shepherd mix named Jackpot, and told her to stop.

He left her alone for 20 minutes. When he came back police say he found her sitting on top of a blanket. Underneath, he found his 11-year-old Staffordshire terrier Little, smothered, with hair bands tied around its snout. He tried to revive Little, but wasn’t successful.

The boyfriend called the cops.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported she was told by police that Ottaiano has a history of trying to hurt animals.

Ottaiano has pleaded not guilty to an aggravated cruelty to animals charge. Bail was set at $5,000.

Her attorney did not comment on her case.

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