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2017 Year in Review

Yearly Report:  2017 (with 2016 figures)

  • New Complaints Investigated:  1,725 (1,866)
  • Rechecks:  3,184 (3,275)
  • Inspections:  36 (81)
  • Total Individual Court Appearances:  201 (132)

 

  • Warnings:   910 (791)
  • Education/Advisory:  623 (551)
  • Referred to Other Agencies/Resources:  155 (193)
  • No Action Warranted:  449 (437)
  • Animals Inspected:  28,751 (52,351)
  • Animals Surrendered:  418 (355)
  • Animals Seized:  26 (6)
  • Citations:  37

 

  • Complaints Received From ACOs:  128 (147)
  • Complaints received from PDs: 19 (24)
  • Complaints Received From Veterinarians/Animal Hospitals:  57 (54)

 

 

New Court Cases

From January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017 the Law Enforcement Department (LED) filed charges in 34 new cases. (25)

  • Officer Chelsea Weiand applied for a magistrate’s hearing in the case of a Plymouth man who failed to provide veterinary care for his cat that was slowly starving to death and suffering from multiple medical issues. On 2/10, the clerk ordered the case left open for 1 year and the man is not allowed to possess any animals during that time.
  • Officer Nadya Moreno filed and signed 2 counts against Joevany Rosas of Natick for abandoning his cocker spaniel in his condo. The dog was severely matted and living in filth. Mr. Rosas failed to show for his arraignment 1/31 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He remains at large.
  • Officer Martha Parkhurst applied for a hearing in the case of a Chelsea woman who brought a deceased shih tzu to the Boston ACAC. The dog was severely matted, emaciated, and covered in infected sores. The hearing was held 2/28 and the complaint failed to issue.
  • Officer Christine Allenberg filed and signed charges against Ryan Johnson of Orange for beating his kitten with a wooden board, causing severe neurological damage. Trial was scheduled for 9/28, but was CWOF for 6 months on 9/19. During that time Mr. Johnson may not possess any animals. The kitten was adopted by a member of the veterinary staff that treated it and while permanently injured, is loved and happy.
  • Officer Christine Allenberg filed and signed charges against Ronnie & Sarah Crapps of Springfield for failing to provide adequate sustenance and care for their pit bull. The dog was emaciated and had multiple infections and illnesses when surrendered to a humane society in western MA. They are scheduled to go to trial on 3/14/18.
  • Officer Nadya Moreno filed and signed charges against Gary Guibault for failure to provide shelter or a sanitary environment for his cows. On 9/29, the case was CWOF with 6 months’ probation during which time the MSPCA may inspect with notice.
  • Officer Christine Allenberg filed and signed charges against Laurel Russell of Charlton for failing to provide adequate food, veterinary care, or a sanitary environment for her 4 horses and 4 llamas. The animals were in atrocious condition and, sadly, all had to be humanely euthanized. On 3/20, the court ordered 6 months of pretrial probation and Ms. Russell was permanently forbidden ownership of animals.
  • Officer Nadya Moreno filed and signed charges against Jacqueline Hardemon of Brockton, for failing to provide veterinary care for her yellow Lab suffering from severe skin and ear infections. Charges were dismissed.
  • Officer Christine Allenberg filed and signed charges against Gregorio Garcia and Madeline Rodriguez of Springfield for failing to provide veterinary care for their lhasa apso that was long suffering with severe, painful infections in both ears. On 11/8/17 Mr. Garcia pleaded guilty; no sentence was handed down. On 11/28 the charges against Ms. Rodriguez were dismissed.
  • Officer Christine Allenberg filed and signed 2 counts each against Stefan Davis and Mirna Gomez of Springfield for allowing 2 of their Neapolitan mastiffs to become emaciated, and failing to seek veterinary treatment for ailments including diarrhea, multiple infections, an enlarged vulva, and bilateral cherry eye.  On 7/2 the charges against Mr. Davis were CWOF for 1 year, during which time he may not own or work with animals and must submit to probation checks and fees. A readiness hearing for Ms. Gomez is scheduled for 3/12/18.
  • Sergeant Roy Sutton presented the evidence of an investigation he conducted into a dog trainer in Greenfield to the ADA, who determined there was not probable cause and declined to file charges.
  • Officer Nadya Moreno filed and signed charges against Stanley Resendes of Somerville for starving his pit bull and leaving her covered in bloody diarrhea and sores with no veterinary care. At trial on 10/10 Mr. Resendes pleaded guilty to sufficient facts and was sentenced to 18 months’ probation during which time he may not own any animals.
  • Officer Christine Allenberg filed and signed charges against Michelle Gomez of Springfield for allowing her shih tzu to become severely matted and urine scalded, and for failing to seek treatment for his open wounds, embedded nails, and hind leg paralysis. Trial is scheduled for 3/5/18.
  • Officer Christine Allenberg filed and signed 9 counts of animal cruelty against Margaret Alberts of Ashby on 4/14, following the execution of a search warrant in March that resulted in the seizure of 20 cats, 3 dogs (1 deceased), 1 goat, and 2 horses living in deplorable conditions. Status hearing 2/1/18.
  • Officer Martha Parkhurst filed and signed charges against a juvenile in Saugus that made videos of himself physically tormenting his grandmother’s dogs and of him ordering his 7 year old brother to torment them. Compliance and election 2/1/18.
  • Officer Nadya Moreno filed and signed charges against Eli Rego of Bellingham for failing to provide adequate sustenance and veterinary care for his emaciated Great Dane. On 12/1 he pleaded to sufficient findings. The case was CWOF for 1 year during which Mr. Rego may not own or possess any animals, and must also undergo a mental health evaluation.
  • Officer Nadya Moreno filed and signed charges against Kayleigh Lescarbeau of Marlboro for failing to provide a sanitary environment for her pit bull, and for failing to provide veterinary care for the severe skin problems the dog suffered, partially as a result of living in squalor. Compliance & election 2/14/18.
  • Officer Nadya Moreno applied for a show cause hearing against a Newton couple for trapping a pregnant mother skunk in their yard, which then gave birth in the trap, and allowing the mom and her three babies to starve and dehydrate to death. At the show cause hearing 7/20, the case was dismissed with the agreement that they would never trap any animals ever again.
  • Officer Martha Parkhurst filed and signed charges against Juan Torres of Lawrence for throwing a ferret to the floor, killing it. Pretrial hearing 1/23/18.
  • Officer Martha Parkhurst filed and signed charges against Eddy Vasquez of Lawrence for cockfighting and for keeping the birds in poor conditions. Pretrial hearing 2/1/18.
  • Officer Chelsea Weiand filed charges against and signed the complaint for Louis Medeiros of E Providence, RI, for failing to provide vet care for his shih tzu’s severe skin disease and instead dumping the dog in the parking lot of the Seekonk Speedway. Pretrial hearing 2/9/18.
  • Officer Chelsea Weiand filed for a magistrate’s hearing in the case of a Forestdale dog trainer accused of failing to provide vet care in a timely manner for a dog he was boarding/training. The hearing was 9/21, and the case will be held open for a year. If there are no further concerns, it will be dismissed.
  • Officer Nadya Moreno requested a show cause hearing in the case of Carlos Peneda of Stow, who drove over 40 miles from home to abandon his sick husky, which was found tangled in and being shocked by an electric fence and had to be humanely euthanized due to its poor health. Cause was found, and charges were signed. Arraignment is 2/5/18.
  • Officer Chelsea Weiand filed and signed charges against Joseph Arena of Carver, for failure to provide adequate sustenance or vet care for one of his pit bulls, and for abandoning the other one. Mr. Arena failed to show up for his arraignment 11/30 and a default warrant was issued. He remains at large.
  • Officer Chelsea Weiand filed and signed charges against Denise and Leon Klang of Seekonk for hoarding cats in unsanitary conditions and then moving out and abandoning the cats, several of which died as a result. Pretrial hearing 2/12/18.
  • Officer Chelsea Weiand filed and signed charges against Nick Motta of Bristol, RI for beating his girlfriend’s 2 French bulldog puppies, resulting in the death of one. Arraignment, originally scheduled for 12/8, was postponed 1/29/18.
  • Officer Christine Allenberg filed and signed charges against Nicole Cordero of Springfield for starving her 2 pit bulls, keeping them constantly confined in small unsanitary crates, and failing to provide veterinary care for the dog covered in open sores. Ms. Cordero failed to show for her arraignment 1/5/18 and a warrant was issued. She remains at large.
  • Officer Christine Allenberg filed and signed charges against Jessica Caldwell of Springfield for starving her bulldog and failing to provide veterinary care for its severe mange. The dog was found wandering loose and was in such poor condition it had to be humanely euthanized. Pretrial hearing 3/5/18.
  • Officer Christine Allenberg applied for a show cause hearing in July in the case of a man who gutted his roommate’s cat. As of 1/18/18 no hearing date has been set.

Adjudicated Cases

  • Joseph Christakos of Lowell (Dogue de Bordeaux starved and provided no vet care for ongoing illness) pleaded guilty at his trial on 1/9 and was sentenced to 6 months in the house of corrections, suspended for 18 months (through 7/9/18). During that time, Mr. Christakos will be under supervised probation (towards which he must pay $50/month), must pay a $90 victim witness fee, perform 50 hours of community service, and not own any animals.
  • Charges against Sam Vanhauer (no vet care for skinny, lame horse) were CWOF with 1 year of probation at her pretrial hearing 1/13.
  • John Maher (abandoned his cat in a Walmart parking lot) was placed under 1 year of pretrial probation.
  • Sisters Maureen Guido and Sheila Black of Upton (hoarding many cats in their very unsanitary home) pleaded to sufficient facts at their pretrial hearing 1/9. The case was CWOF for 2 years.
  • The charges against David Saccone (failed to provide adequate sustenance for his Australian shepherd and failed to provide veterinary care for the resulting medical issues) were dismissed at his arraignment 2/15.
  • The case against the 11yo West Springfield male (chronic physical abuse of pit bull puppy) was closed. He was ordered to attend counseling and to cooperate with DCF, and may not possess any animals for a year (2014).
  • Selena Newnam (severely beat boxer puppy) jury trial was scheduled for 2/28, but was instead CWOF for 2 years. Ms. Newnam may not own or be around any animals during that time, and must have a mental health evaluation.
  • The court accepted a plea from Russell Corby (no vet care for very ill kittens, some of which died), on 5/22 with which the prosecution and MSPCA did not agree. The case was CWOF for 1 year, with allowances for local animal control to inspect Mr. Corby’s animals.
  • On 5/24, without notice to the MSPCA, the court CWOF (with no conditions) the case of Jessica Torres (failed to provide vet care for her spaniel mix dog, who suffered for months with a proptosed and badly infected eye) for 1 year, and imposed a fine of $780.
  • The Kimberly Enos case (failed to provide adequate sustenance, shelter, and sanitary environment for multiple horses and other livestock and fowl) was CWOF for 1 year at the 7/25 pretrial hearing. She will be subject to unannounced MSPCA inspections and must provide proof of regular veterinary care, food/water, and sanitary conditions.
  • On 8/4, Loretta Clifford (failed to provide adequate shelter and regular care for her horses) was given 9 months of pretrial probation during which time she may have no horses on her property.
  • The morning of his jury trial, Kevin Kennedy (German shepherd tangled in tether for days gnawed off part of his paw in an attempt to escape) pleaded guilty and was given 2 years of probation, during which time he may not possess any animals, and he must continue with alcohol treatment.
  • On 8/16 (after a delay from 8/1), Weiran Zhao (beat his Maltese into critical condition after it nipped his hand) was CWOF with 3.5 years of probation.
  • Hayes (failed to provide his gravely ill dog with vet care) was dismissed (2015).
  • Reginald Knight (diabetic toy poodle not provided treatment) was found not guilty at a bench trial on 9/20.
  • Lyons (beat his aunt’s Chihuahua while staying at her home) was CWOF for 1 year during which time Mr. Lyons may not possess any animals. The disposition was reached with no notice to the MSPCA.

 Updates on Cases Initiated in Previous Years

  • Babeu (beagle burned by pet sitter and not given vet care) pretrial hearing 4/27/17.
  • The jury trial scheduled 11/2 for Egeland and Stanton/Balance Your Bully K9 Training (leaving a muzzle on a dog 24/7 for days and failing to seek vet care for the dog when the muzzle caused a severe infection) was postponed to 2/6/18.
  • Batista (Pomeranian chewed its leg off after no vet care for a rat bite) failed to show up for her jury trial scheduled 9/28 and a warrant was issued for her arrest. She remains at large.
  • Castine (failed to provide proper shelter and a sanitary environment for his horses) possible resolution scheduled for 1/26/18.
  • Coston (failed to provide adequate sustenance or any veterinary care for his skinny, sick, and injured pit bull) trial 8/10 postponed to 1/29/18.
  • Donatelli (failure to provide proper food & drink to his dog) remains at large (2008)
  • Drummond (starved her dog to death) remains at large (2009).
  • Harding & Daphnis (five sick cats with no vet care). Harding’s pretrial probation ended 12/16/16. Daphnis remains at large (2014).
  • He (viciously beat his roommate’s schnauzer puppy) motion to suppress for 1/31/18 (2016).
  • Hester (threw a cat against a wall) remains at large (2009).
  • Lamothe (beat and kicked a cat) remains at large (2013)
  • Ledan (starving and severely matted dog uncared for in flooded and unsanitary basement) remains at large (2015)
  • McLaughlin (abandoned a cat) remains at large (2000)
  • McNiff (failure to provide proper food, water, shelter and a sanitary environment for numerous swine and cattle, and for failure to provide veterinary care for several ill animals). Motion to suppress 3/30/18 (2016).
  • Ortiz (failed to provide veterinary care for her dog) remains at large (1999)
  • Ouellette (a couple starved their Yorkie and husky mix dogs) was postponed indefinitely after the death of one of the defendants (2010).
  • Ozolos (starved a dog) remains at large (2002).
  • Rossi (failure to provide adequate sustenance, vet care, and a sanitary environment for 2 dogs) was a no-show for her pretrial hearing 10/18/16 and a warrant was issued. She was recently apprehended and a jury trial has been scheduled for 2/26/18.
  • Teague (failed to provide adequate sustenance or shelter for her 4 horses) fired her lawyer and failed to show up for the pretrial hearing 10/16/17. A warrant was issued and she remains at large.
  • Whitney (abandoned 15 cats) remains at large (2014).

Summary of Cases

  • LE currently has 41 open cases
  • 18 cases were CWOF, given pretrial probation, or otherwise left open
  • 8 cases were dismissed/the complaint(s) failed to issue/the DA’s office refused to prosecute
  • 4 respondents were found guilty or pleaded guilty to sufficient facts
  • 1 respondent was found not guilty at trial
  • 1 case (a juvenile) was closed by the court and handed over to DCF
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