New York couple is charged with animal cruelty after ‘two of their puppies died from internal injuries after being beaten and a third dog that was rescued needed $18,000 of treatment for severe injuries’
- Prosecutors allege Ellie Knoller, 29, savagely beat three puppies that he adopted with his wife Jessica Kuncman, 30, earlier this year
- Knoller has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty, while Kuncman has also been slapped with lesser charges
- Two of the couple’s dogs died from internal bleeding this past February
- A third dog, a female Goldendoodle named Bella, was rescued from their home in severe distress and required $18,000 worth of surgery
- Knoller and Kuncman are pleading not guilty to the charges
A New York man has been charged with savagely beating three puppies that he adopted with his new wife.
Ellie Knoller, 29, of Mineola, has been slapped with three counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, as well as three counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals.
His bride, Jessica Kuncman, 30, been also been charged with three counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, in a case that has shocked District Attorneys.
According to prosecutors, two of the couple’s dogs died after sustaining injuries inflicted by Knoller, while their third pup was rescued in severe distress.
Prosecutors allege Ellie Knoller, 29, (left) savagely beat three puppies that he and wife Jessica Kuncman, 30, (right) adopted earlier this year
Court documents reveal Knoller and Kuncman adopted their first puppy back in February of this year.
The pair picked a male Shepherd mix named Tucker from a rescue shelter on Long Island.
However, just nine days later the dog was dead – reportedly suffering a ruptured kidney as a result of ‘blunt force trauma’ at the hands of Knoller.
Just a day after that dog’s death, the couple allegedly went out to purchase another pup.
Knoller and Kuncman bought a Goldendoodle named Cooper from a breeder in Pennsylvania – but just three days later, the canine went into cardiac and respiratory arrest and died.
Vets discovered that Cooper, like Tucker, had suffered from severe internal bleeding that as likely inflicted by his owner.
Shockingly, Knoller and Kuncman soon returned to the same breeder and complained that they had been sold a sick animal.
They then adopted another Goldendoodle by the name of Bella.
The couple’s Goldendoodle, Bella, was in a critical condition when she was finally brought to the hospital by Kuncman
According to The New York Post , the female pup was ‘allegedly choked, beaten and suffered several broken bones’
According to The New York Post, the female pup was ‘allegedly choked, beaten and suffered several broken bones’.
Kuncman is accused of ignoring the sick dog for 15 hours, before finally taking her to a vet. The distressed puppy required more than $18,000 worth of medical bills.
Knoller and Kuncman have plead not guilty to the cruelty charges.
Knoller faces up to 2 years in prison, while Kuncman could serve 12 months. The pair are due to return to court on June 3.
The distressed puppy required more than $18,000 worth of medical bills