Macomb Township man charged with killing, torturing dog

UPDATE: Dog found injured

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published November 1, 2019 | Updated November 4, 2019 3:33pm




"This hateful behavior towards any living creature, animal or human, is unacceptable."

Anthony Wickersham , Macomb County Sheriff

UPDATE: According to the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office, an injured Nella was found by a neighbor Nov. 2.

A Macomb Township man is facing three charges after a dog was reported missing, with foul play suspected.

At approximately 3 p.m. Oct. 30, Macomb County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Sabrina Drive, near Card and 23 Mile roads, for an animal cruelty complaint. 

The resident wanted to report her dog missing and believed foul play to be involved.

Deputies spoke with the resident, who stated she has a 10-pound Havanese female dog named Nella that she placed into her crate before leaving the home in the morning.

“When she returned several hours later, she found Nella was missing and the crate had been smashed,” a press release states. “Along with the damaged crate, other evidence of foul play including hair, feces, and what is believed to be blood, was located in various areas of the home.”

The resident stated a 27-year-old man, who also resided in the home, had been the only one there during the time foul play was suspected.

The resident was able to provide investigators with surveillance footage from her home, which reportedly showed the man carrying Nella by her neck out of the home. The footage also showed the man placing a hammer and backpack into his vehicle. When the man, Andrea Biondo, returned to the residence, he was placed under arrest and brought to the Macomb County Jail. At the time of his arrest, Biondo was found to be in possession of heroin and Suboxone, a prescription medicine used to treat adults who are addicted to opioids.

Investigators spoke with Biondo, who reportedly confessed to harming the dog, however, he also stated that the dog ran away.

According to the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office, an injured Nella was found by a neighbor Nov. 2.

“This small animal stood no chance against this male and that is where the law steps in,” Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said. “Nella, just like so many other pets, are a part of one’s family. This hateful behavior towards any living creature, animal or human, is unacceptable.”

The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office issued a three-count warrant for Biondo – second-degree killing/torturing animals, possession of cocaine, heroin or another narcotic, and possession of a controlled substance.

“This type of brutality towards animals is exactly why we started our Task Force, P.A.W.S.,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said. “Our Office has authorized the most serious charges against this defendant, and will do everything in our power to ensure justice for Nella.”

The county-wide animal abuse task force P.A.W.S, or protecting animal welfare and safety, was formed in May.

Biondo was arraigned in the 41-A Shelby Township District Court Nov. 1. He was given a $20,000 bond and is scheduled to return to court Nov. 7. Attorney information for Biondo was not immediately available.