Port St. Lucie police searching for woman they say attacked her neighbor

Port St. Lucie police are asking for help in finding a woman they say attacked her neighbor after the neighbor called authorities to report the woman was keeping eight dogs and several cats. She claimed the dogs had killed a cat.

Police and animal control officers went to the home of Christina M. Putman on the afternoon of April 1 and found that she had more than five animals — the maximum allowed — at the house, and that the animals were unlicensed, according to a police statement. They left a request that Putman call them.

About five hours later, Putman allegedly jumped the fence separating her property in the 400 block of Southeast Inwood Avenue from that of the neighbor and entered the porch, where the neighbor was sitting, police said. She allegedly grabbed the neighbor by the hair and dragged her into the backyard.

The neighbor was screaming for help when Putman’s husband jumped the fence and convinced his wife to let go of the woman, police said. Putman went home.

When police arrived, Putman, 27, allegedly refused to step outside to talk to them, apparently called her lawyer, and then told them to get a warrant, police said.

Police obtained a warrant charging her with burglary and battery, and are now searching for her. They say she may be somewhere in Palm Beach County. If you know where Putman is, you are asked to call police at 772-871-5001 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 800-273-TIPS (8477).