Animal cruelty charge dismissed


An animal cruelty charge against a Wareham resident was dismissed, while another case was continued without a finding, according to the Wareham District Court clerk’s office. On April 4, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell Animal Medical Center announced it was pursuing criminal charges against Anna Nelson, a former assistant animal control officer, for allegedly failing to provide veterinary care for her dog. The center alleged that Nelson’s 10-year-old terrier mix was underweight and suffering from an undiagnosed disease, and ultimately had to be euthanized. The case was disposed July 22, according to the Wareham District Court clerk’s office. “It was dismissed by the court,” said Nelson’s attorney, Margaret Swenson. “The court found there was no probable cause for the complaint to be issued.” In a separate case, MSPCA-Angell filed animal cruelty charges against Dennis Murray of Wareham, who allegedly admitted to an MSPCA-Angell officer that he abandoned his 13-year-old poodle mix at the Onset Water Department in January. The case against Murray was continued without a finding until April 2015. Rob Halpin, spokesman for MSPCA-Angell, described the outcomes of both cases as disappointing and discouraging.

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