MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement Department Lauds Court’s Decision in Dorchester Animal Cruelty Case

May 15, 2012

BOSTON, May 15, 2012 – The MSPCA-Angell has commended Dorchester, Mass. District Court judge Robert Baylor’s decision to sentence Dana Thomson, of Dorchester, to two and a half years in the house of correction after Thomson admitted last week to neglecting his 4-year-old dog, resulting in the dog having to be euthanized at Angell Animal Medical Center.


Said Peter E. Gollub, DVM, JD and Director of Law Enforcement for the MSPCA-Angell: “Judge Baylor’s sentence sends a strong message to those who would neglect or abuse an animal in our state.   Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office did a superb job preparing for and prosecuting this case.  We are very pleased with the verdict and will continue to work tirelessly to investigate future allegations of animal cruelty everywhere in the Commonwealth.”


The MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement department played a central investigative role in the early stages of the case and veterinarians at Angell were prepared to provide testimony in support of the Commonwealth’s case. 


Thomson will serve six months in jail and, upon his release, report directly to the Probation Department, remain free of drugs and alcohol, submit to random urine tests and perform 50 hours of community service.  He will be on probation for three years, and is also forbidden from owning or caring for any animals.  


The MSPCA’s Law Enforcement department consists of highly trained full-time officers who are commissioned  as special police officers to investigate and enforce animal cruelty laws in Massachusetts.  The department investigates approximately 2,500 investigations of alleged animal cruelty cases annually and works closely with MSPCA veterinarians to provide necessary care to animals seized during its investigations. 



The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions from individuals who care about animals. Please visit