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Case ID: 18680
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011

County: York

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Nick Rosa

A Saco man who faces animal cruelty charges is scheduled to appear Dec. 15 in York County Superior Court in Alfred.

Nick Rosa, 35, of Park Road, was indicted last month by a York County grand jury on a Class C aggravated animal cruelty charge and a Class D animal cruelty charge. Rosa is charged with neglecting an American bulldog named Rogue for at least seven months from November 2010 through last June, according to court records.

Rosa did not respond to inquiries about the case.

In an affidavit by Saco Animal Control Officer Bruce Reynolds, the dog was described as dehydrated, anemic and underweight when examined by veterinarians at Biddeford Animal Hospital and Mann Memorial Veterinary Clinic in Arundel.

In his affidavit, Reynolds said he became aware of the alleged neglect last fall through a complaint by Rosa's neighbor.

Reynolds said he visited Rosa and found Rogue to be "skin and bones, with visible ribs, visible vertebra and visible hip bones."

Rosa said the dog was on medication for worms and recuperating from surgery at Biddeford Animal Hospital, according to the affidavit. Reynolds said Rosa showed him medications prescribed to Rogue.

When the dog was brought back to the hospital in May, animal hospital staff urged that it be left in their care, according to Reynolds' affidavit.

In June, Rosa surrendered his dog to Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk. Shelter staff rated Rogue's health as one on a scale of one to nine and transferred the dog to Mann Memorial Veterinary Clinic in Arundel. Rogue weighed about 33 pounds when Reynolds visited last fall and when the dog was surrendered. In court records, veterinarians said a dog of Rogue's size should have weighed at least 50 pounds.

Reynolds said Rosa told staff at Biddeford Animal Hospital he found Rogue as a stray in Sanford.

Sanford Animal Control Officer Lauren Masellas said the address Rosa gave where he allegedly found the dog did not exist and no one in the area nearby knew of him or Rogue.

On June 14, clinic veterinarians removed an intestinal blockage from Rogue, similar to surgery performed on the dog last November, according to court records. Rogue died the following day from sepsis and organ failure, veterinarians told Reynolds.

A Class C crime is punishable by up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine. A Class D crime is punishable up to 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine, according to the Maine Attorney General's website.


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