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Nassau DA: Couple accused of animal cruelty after puppy deaths

A Mineola couple are facing animal cruelty accusations after prosecutors say the husband inflicted fatal beatings on two newly adopted puppies, while his wife failed to bring a third beaten puppy to a vet for hours. Ellie Knoller, 29, and his wife, Jessica Kuncman, 30, pleaded not guilty Wednesday at an arraignment in Nassau County Court. Prosecutors said the alleged crimes came to light after the couple brought the third puppy, an 11-week-old goldendoodle named Bella, to a Westbury vet in February. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)


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