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Man Who Stabbed Dog Incompetent To Stand Trial

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MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) _ A New Haven man who is accused of stabbing his pet bulldog 29 times has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial on animal cruelty charges.

The New Haven Register reports  that Judge Philip Scarpellino found on Tuesday that 25-year-old Alexander Bernard doesn’t understand the charges against him and cannot aid in his own defense.

Police say Bernard told them he stabbed the 8-month old bulldog named Princess 29 times with a folding knife in May because people were bothering him about the dog and he had family problems.

The dog was found lying in blood in the driveway of a home that Bernard was visiting and survived the attack.

The judge ordered Bernard committed to Connecticut Valley Hospital for treatment.

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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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