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Charges: Lakeville woman fatally stabbed fiancé's dog

The Labrador retriever was found dead tied to a tree.

A Lakeville woman has been charged with killing the dog belonging to her fiancé.

Barbara Crosby, 46, has been charged with mistreatment of animals after a dog was found dead while tied up to a tree near a walking trail on Mar. 27.

The Labrador retriever was found to have multiple stab wounds in its neck, as well as an injection point with traces of a substance later found to be a mixture of the opioid painkiller tramadol, and the sedative diazepam.

Police learned that Crosby had been walking the dog in the hours prior to its death, and had left a note for her fiancé telling him she'd taken the dog for a walk, despite "multiple sources" telling police that Crosby had made it "well known" that she didn't like the dog.

When officers interviewed Crosby, they noted she had scratches on her body consistent with scratches from a dog.

Further investigation found that Crosby would often call the dog negative names whenever it was around her and push him away.

After the dog had died, she also told a relative of her fiancé that she had previously wished the dog would die in his sleep, or disappear to "take the burden off" the couple.

It was also found that Crosby had a prescription for tramadol.

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