Dispute over dog feces leads to stabbing

Michael Valentin (Photo provided by Springfield, Mass. Police Dept.)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WTNH)– A Springfield, Mass. man was arrested Saturday morning and is charged with stabbing two of his neighbors.

Police say about an hour before responding to the stabbing, officers were called to a dispute over dog feces at the multi-family home. They say the suspect, a first-floor resident, objected to the victims’ dogs defecating on the stairs and in the side yard.

According to police, the situation was resolved, but after they left the situation became violent.

Police say Michael Valentin, 33, stabbed his second-floor neighbors, a 46-year-old mother and her 23-year-old daughter.

The mother was stabbed several times in the back, according to police. She was taken to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, and has been upgraded from critical to stable condition.

Police say her daughter was stabbed in the face and neck, and is in good condition.

Valentin is charged with two counts of armed assault with intent to murder, and mayhem. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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