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DENVER -- A woman has been formally charged with killing a dog during a domestic violence incident, according to the office of Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey on Thursday.

Sunday, 25-year-old Kenai Love was involved in a verbal argument with her partner that turned into a physical fight.

In the heat of the exchange – the female victim made a decision that now finds her in much more trouble than the man who hit her.

Upon arrival, police allegedly found Love cradling her dead dog. Love told police she intentionally kicked the dog during a fight with her boyfriend, killing the dog instantly.

Love was arrested and is now charged with felony animal abuse.

But in this case, Love is also a victim.

Police also interviewed Love's boyfriend, 23-year Melvin Lewis.

Lewis tells police the pair argued -- he became angry, punching Love several times in the face and scratching her chest and cheek.

Lewis is cited for low level assault and let go.

FOX31 Denver's Criminal Defense Expert Chris Decker says cases of domestic violence are not always black and white.

"Just because this individual may have been assaulted or punched does not give her the legal right to kill an animal so the question that is raised by these facts is what is the nexis between the assault the may have occurred and the death of this animal," Decker said.

Love posted $2,000 bond and is now out of jail. She could face between 12 and 18 months behind bars.

Her boyfriend faces a fine or jail time up to one year.

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