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Dog stabbed in Pasco roommates' fight

HUDSON — A fight between two roommates ended with one of them in jail and Charlie the dog being treated for three stab wounds.

According to a Sheriff's Office report, 49-year-old Ernest Perkins was at home on Grandville Avenue on Monday night. His roommate, Jeremy Rehnert, 35, suddenly banged on his bedroom door and burst in, kicking Perkins' brown and white pit bullterrier named Charlie.

In an interview, Perkins said Rehnert had been acting strangely for a couple of days. All day Monday, he talked about killing Charlie.

Perkins watched his dog go sailing into the air and land on another of his pets, an old mutt named Sadie. The two animals started fighting, and the men tried to break them up, he said.

But then, Perkins said, he looked up and saw Rehnert stabbing Charlie with a 4-inch hunting blade.

"I told you I was going to kill him," Rehnert said, according to Perkins' statement to deputies.

Perkins said he grabbed Rehnert's hair to get him off the dog, and that's when Rehnert pointed the knife at him. Rehnert said he wanted his bank card back from Perkins, according to the report.

Perkins told deputies he put the bank card on the porch and hid in the bathroom until Rehnert left.

Deputies tracked Rehnert down at a house nearby. He told them the trouble started because Charlie had attacked him, and he warned Perkins that if it happened again he would kill the dog.

It did, he told deputies, so he stabbed the dog. He denied pointing the knife at Perkins.

Rehnert, who has an extensive history of arrests, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and cruelty to animals. He remained jailed Tuesday in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Perkins said animal control authorities took Charlie away because he didn't have money to pay for veterinary care, but he's still upset. They said he wouldn't be getting his dog back.

"They said no," he said. "I don't know why."

Molly Moorhead can be reached at moorhead@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6245.

Dog stabbed in Pasco roommates' fight 09/23/08 [Last modified: Thursday, September 25, 2008 12:04pm]

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