Brookline man in court after allegedly smothering, killing dog

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 BROOKLINE, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A Brookline man accused of killing his dog went before a judge Thursday.

William Kinsella, 24, was arrested at his home Wednesday on animal cruelty charges. The warrant for his arrest came after an investigation using information from the MSPCA. According to the organization, back in November, Kinsella allegedly killed his pet dog by smothering it.

His defense attorney says Kinsella has a history of mental illness. He is now being held pending the results of an upcoming competency hearing.