The Bizarre World of Florida

Woman feuding with boyfriend stabbed his dog and his SUV August 14, 2012

A Gainesville woman was arrested Sunday after deputies say she got into an argument with her boyfriend and stabbed his dog and SUV.

Kristin Sabella, 42, of 5141 SW 92nd Court, was charged with damage to property over $200 and aggravated assault, according to an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

The victim, whose name was redacted from the report, told a deputy that he went to Sabella’s house to return a set of keys. The two got into an argument, the report said, and Sabella grabbed a knife and chased him with it and then stabbed his pet dog in the hindquarters and punctured the SUV’s hood.

A 911 call during the incident explained that a man was yelling for help, the report said, and a woman yelled that she was going to kill the man.

Officers went to Sabella’s residence and asked her what happened. She said the victim came over and was “tearing up her plants in the courtyard,” according to the report, so she got angry and grabbed a knife. Police then arrested her.

After she was placed in the back of the patrol car, the report said she spoke spontaneously about how she was defending her property and how she did not stab the dog. The report said nothing was mentioned about a dog before she said that.

Police took photos of the dog’s injuries. It had a 1.5-inch stab wound and a 3-inch cut next to it. The knife matched the width of the dog’s injuries and the SUV puncture, the report said.

Sabella was booked into the Alachua County jail, where she remained Monday morning.


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