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San Diego man, 74, allegedly stabs neighbor in dispute over pets [Updated]

April 2, 2011 |  9:00 am

A dispute over their pets resulted in a 74-year-old man stabbing his 64-year-old neighbor, San Diego police said Saturday.

The dispute late Friday night in the Lincoln Park neighborhood started when the older man said his kittens were being harassed by his neighbor's dog, police said.

The 74-year-old allegedly hit his neighbor in the face with a broomstick, returned to his home briefly and came back with a knife, stabbing the neighbor once in the stomach.

The dog owner was taken to the hospital with a swollen lip and wound to the stomach. His injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said.

The kittens' owner was taken into custody. An investigation is continuing, police said. The names of the victim, the suspect and their pets were not released.

[Updated at 10:15 a.m. Sunday: The suspect has been identified as Eugene McFarland, charged with attempted murder, use of a deadly weapon, and making threats. He is being held in jail without bail; arraignment is set for Tuesday.]

-- Tony Perry in San Diego