BUFFALO, N.Y. — A Buffalo parks employee accused of stabbing a pit bull that was being walked by its owner faces criminal charges and may be fired.

Police spokesman Michael DeGeorge says Monday that city officials are reviewing the allegations against 46-year-old James Craddock and plan to seek his termination.

Police say a woman was walking her dog Saturday morning when Craddock got out of a city vehicle, exchanged words with the woman and then stabbed the dog in the chest. The dog is recovering.

Craddock is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.

Craddock couldn’t be reached for comment Monday because he does not have a public telephone listing. It’s unknown whether he has a lawyer.

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