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Massachusetts man accused of repeatedly stabbing dog to death after animal found covered in blood



Graphic courtesy of Fall River Police

BOSTON, September 6, 2023 – A Revere man was arraigned last week in Chelsea District Court on charges that he stabbed and killed a dog in his apartment and assaulted his roommate, Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden announced.

57-year-old Don Algeni was charged with animal cruelty, malicious killing or injury to a domestic animal, and assault and battery on a family or household member. Judge Kareem Morgan ordered Algeni held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on September 7.

At about 12:52 a.m. on August 30, Revere police and firefighters responded to a Lowell Street apartment for a medical aid call. First responders observed Algeni lying in his bed with blood on both arms, screaming that he wanted police to kill him. Algeni then lost consciousness and was transported to a local hospital. Responders observed beside Algeni’s bed a dog, covered in blood, suffering from at least five stab wounds. A slash wound to the dog’s neck was so deep his head was almost severed.

Algeni’s roommate told police that Algeni banged on her bedroom door around 9 p.m., demanding her to open it while saying that he had a key and could enter at any time. The roommate also showed officers a video from August 23 of Algeni screaming at her and throwing a cup in her direction. She told officers Algeni made statements about a week ago such as “I’m going out and I’m not going out alone.”

Police seized numerous knives and swords from the apartment, including a 12-inch Bowie-style knife covered in blood.

“This is a tragic and terrifying situation for everyone involved, including the first responders. Sadly, a defenseless animal was brutally attacked and killed. It’s yet another example of how unpredictable 911 calls can be and an example of responders handling their responsibilities with care and restraint,” Hayden said.

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  1. Jane Marie Ghisalbert

    September 7, 2023 at 9:33 am

    I hope he rots in prison. He deserves life for this atrocity.

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