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Case ID: 16641
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment, Choking / Strangulation / Suffocation
Animal: cat
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Friday, Oct 15, 2010

County: Norfolk

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A cat found Friday afternoon that had been left to suffocate inside sealed garbage bags had to be put to death because of its condition.

About 1:15 p.m., Foxboro Animal Control responded to an emergency call that a cat had been placed alive in double garbage bags and inside a cardboard box near a Dumpster at the Pet Memorial Park crematorium at 400 South St., according to Animal Control Officer Susan Thibedeau.

The cat is described as an adult female, long-haired and in good weight, with black/brown/white tiger color and an egg-sized tumor on its neck.

The cat was examined at the scene by animal control and a veterinarian, and it was determined it had suffered irreversible brain damage due to anoxia, or oxygen deprivation, Thibedeau said.

"The most humane option for this animal was to be humanely euthanized on scene," Thibedeau said.
A necrospy - an autopsy for pets - was performed, and the findings are consistent with the cat being oxygen deprived, she added.

There is physical evidence that is being examined at this time, Thibedeau said.

The Foxboro Animal Control Department is seeking information as to who may commit "such a heinous act of intentional cruelty," Thibedeau said.

If anyone has any information to who the perpetrator may be, they are urged to call animal control at 508-384-2523.

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Each of the deaths of 832 hogs at a Pennsylvania farm has led to a summary count of animal cruelty against the Maryland man responsible for their care.

A criminal complaint was filed Thursday alleging that Daniel Lee Clark Sr., 47, of Clearspring, Md., left the animals to die when he abandoned his Fulton County farm in February 2009.

By the time the hogs were found a month ago, "they were basically mummified," said Lt. Gregory M. Bacher of the Pennsylvania State Police.

A real-estate agent inspecting the property on Nov. 8 discovered the cadavers in two large metal barns and called authorities, Bacher said.

"Because the carcasses were so far gone as far as being mummified, necropsy could not really provide any details of how they died," he said. " . . . We can't really say whether they starved."

The livestock might have died because of cold, heat, thirst or disease, or some combination.

"Some were very young and some were ready for sale," Bacher said.

Clark's estranged wife, Kerron, co-owned the farm but was not charged because he was the animals' caretaker, Bacher said.

If the animals had died because of non-owner's actions, felony charges could have been filed.

But because Daniel Lee Clark Sr. owned the hogs, lesser charges applied.

"I don't want to belittle the charges, but this is like getting 832 tickets," said Bacher. "Each one if a summary offense."

If District Justice Carol Jean Johnson decides each charge carries just a fine, Clark could write a check and never see a courtroom, Bacher said.
Source: - Dec 10, 2010
Update posted on Dec 10, 2010 - 12:20PM 


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