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Ontario Provincial Police in Prince Edward County have charged a 23-year-old woman for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, then killing and disposing of a puppy.

A woman from Picton, Ont., is facing charges after allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, then killing and disposing of a puppy they owned together, Ontario Provincial Police say.

On Nov. 18, OPP received information that a puppy — just a few weeks old — had been beaten to death.

"A woman had assaulted her boyfriend earlier in the month. It is alleged that sometime after the assault the woman had killed and disposed of the puppy," OPP said in a media release issued Tuesday.

The puppy had been owned by the couple.

OPP Const. Anthony Mann said attempts to recover the puppy's body have been unsuccessful.

The woman, 23, is facing charges of assault, killing or injuring animals other than cattle and breach of probation.

She was expected to appear in court in Belleville on Tuesday.