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Police: Johnson City man assaulted dog, then went for dog's owner

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. - A Johnson City man is facing a number of charges after police say he assaulted a dog and attempted to assault the dog's owner.

On Monday night, Johnson City Police arrested Samuel Lambert,47, after responding to a Grand Ave address for a report of a male that had been stabbed.

Police say the victim had received minor injuries to his head during a fight that had taken place.

Police say an investigation found that Lambert had stabbed the victim's dog earlier in the afternoon, which led to the fight.

Lambert, who was treated at the scene for apparent minor injuries, was charged with:

  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree – a class C Felony
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree – a class D Felony
  • Tampering with Physical Evidence – a class E Felony
  • Menacing in the Second Degree – a class A Misdemeanor

On Tuesday, police revealed that Lambert had not stabbed the dog in self defense, as had been initially reported, but that Lambert had assaulted the dog and attempted to assault the owner afterwards.

In addition to the original charges, police also charged Lambert with the following:

  • Overdriving, Torturing, and Injuring Animals, an unclassified Misdemeanor of the Agriculture and Markets Law
  • 2nd count of Attempted Assault 1st, a class C Felony
  • 2nd count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd,  a class D Felony
  • 2nd count of Menacing 2nd, a Class A Misdemeanor

Police say the dog, a pitbull named Geneva, suffered a minor laceration and that she is being treated.

They say Geneva was happy to see the police and is in good spirits.


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