Woman faces animal cruelty charges after stabbing dogs

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Lorraine Marie Villanueva
Lorraine Marie Villanueva

One dog was killed and another was injured after they were reportedly stabbed multiple times Tuesday. A woman faces animal cruelty charges in the case.

Lorraine Marie Villanueva, 35, of Welch Way, was booked at the New Hanover County Jail early Wednesday morning on charges of two counts of felony cruelty to animals, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer.

Deputies responded around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to a home in the 1500 block of Welch Way just off Murrayville Road in northern New Hanover County for a 911 call reporting a dog was being stabbed, Brewer said. Arriving deputies found an English bulldog that had been stabbed and cut around her neck.

The English bulldog, named Daisy, was in critical condition and taken by its owner to an emergency veterinary hospital, Brewer said. Villanueva, who reportedly had a relationship with the dogs’ owner, was arrested at the home and taken into custody on an animal cruelty charge. Brewer said deputies had responded to the same home for a domestic dispute Tuesday morning.

Shortly after the suspect was arrested, deputies got call from another resident of the Welch Way home who reported she had found her dog dead, wrapped up in a sheet and thrown in a creek behind the house, Brewer said. The dog, a female pit bull named Jane, had been stabbed more than 100 times.

Villanueva was charged with the second count of animal cruelty at that time, Brewer said. She has been booked at the New Hanover County jail under a $100,000 secured bond.