PITTSFIELD -- A city man and his nephew who police say were involved in the stabbing of an acquaintance and his dog are being held on $20,000 cash bail.

Anthony P. Holley Sr., 52, of Curtis Street, began arguing with a 26-year-old man at the Lincoln Street residence where the victim and his mother reside about about 3:30 p.m. Friday, according to Pittsfield Police.

The argument, about the way the man was treating his mother, turned physical and spilled out into the building's hallway, where Holley allegedly stabbed the man in the chest and stabbed the man's pit bull-type dog in the face.

The victim told police he was able to push Holley outside of the house and lock the door. The man was treated for non-life-threatening stab wound at Berkshire Medical Center and released. The dog's wound also was not life-threatening.

Holley allegedly yelled at the victim to come outside so he could "finish him off."

Holley's nephew, 33-year-old Michael A. Bolling, who lives next door to the victim, then smashed a pane of glass and kicked in the front door so that Holley could regain entry to the building, police said.

Police recovered a knife they said Holley had ditched when they arrived on scene.

Holley pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to single counts of armed assault to murder and animal cruelty.

Attorney Julia G. Allen, representing Holley on bail issues, said her client was attempting to defend himself from a dog attack.

According to the police report, even after being stabbed in the right cheek, the dog appeared "calm and non-threatening."

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Kelly M. Kemp said Holley has a criminal record that includes assaultive behavior and drug charges.

Judge Fredric D. Rutberg ordered Holley held on $20,000 cash or $200,000 surety bail.

Jill Sheldon, representing Bolling, said her client wasn't involved in the altercation and didn't even know the man had been stabbed until much later. He thought his uncle was being jumped and was attempting to help him. Sheldon said her client denied kicking in the door, but did hit the door with his hand, cutting himself.

Bollings pleaded not guilty to single counts of armed assault to murder and vandalizing property and was held on $2,000 cash or $20,000 surety bail.

Both cases are expected to go to the grand jury.

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