Mother holds down family cat while daughter stabs it to death


An Elmhurst woman and her mother have been charged with aggravated animal cruelty for their alleged roles in the stabbing death of a family cat Wednesday night, DuPage County prosecutors announced Thursday.

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According to the release, about 8:50 p.m. Wednesday, while at her daughter’s home, Kelly Palermo became angry with the family cat. It is alleged that Kelly Palermo picked up the cat and while she held it, Samantha Palermo stabbed the cat several times.

Prosecutors say Kelly Palermo’s 14 year-old son got the cat away from his mother and called 911. But Kelly Palermo allegedly took the cat back from her son and held the animal down while Samantha again stabbed it several times, eventually killing it, according to the news release.

The two women were taken into custody Wednesday night without incident, according to the release.



“The allegations in this case are beyond disturbing,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement. “The very idea that two adults would work in tandem to kill a helpless family pet is sickening.”

Bond was set Thursday by Judge Richard Russo





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