Fairfield officials are investigating a severed sheep head found in the water off a local beach.
Authorities say the animal head was found off Jennings Beach on Wednesday, a year after a headless goat carcass was found at the same beach. A veterinarian is examining the sheep head.
Police told the Connecticut Post that they don’t suspect the head is linked to sinister activities.
Fairfield animal control officer Paul Miller says the head appears to have been severed with a butcher’s knife and one of the sheep’s ears was notched, indicating it was livestock. But there was no identifying tag.
In March of last year, a jogger discovered a goat carcass missing its head and lower legs inside a clear garbage bag that was dumped along the water’s edge.
A Lowell dog owner faces animal cruelty charges after his German shepherd was found with duct tape wrapped around its muzzle.
Lowell police were called to 15 Grand St. after someone reported seeing a dog with tape over its mouth, the Lowell Sun reported.
The owner told police the family became overwhelmed by the dog when it got much bigger and harder to handle than they anticipated, the paper reported.
Police said other than the tape, the dog appeared to be in good condition and well cared for.
Animal Control took possession of the dog pending the outcome of the criminal case.
The owner will be summonsed to court to face a single count of animal cruelty, police said. His name has not been released.
BOSTON — Almost 200 animals were rescued from a Lynnfield home last month in one of the largest hoarding situations in recent years, the Animal Rescue League of Boston and Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said.
A wide range of animals including dogs, cats, birds and reptiles lived in unsanitary conditions stacked in cages and crates in different areas of the home, officials said.
All of the 199 animals were voluntarily surrendered to the ARL and MSPCA-Angell.
The animals are being treated at ARL and MSPCA-Angell for various health issues resulting from neglect, officials said.
“When people suffer from the complex psychological conditions that lead to animal hoarding, they become overwhelmed with caring for all the animals they accumulate,” said the ARL’s Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore.
The Pat Brody Shelter for Cats in Lunenburg and Jabberwock Reptiles of Winchester also are caring for some of the rescued animals.
The six dogs and 13 birds remaining at the ARL’s shelters continue to make progress in their recovery. The Boston shelter has already begun to identify potential adopters for the shy, but very sweet dogs, officials said.
BOSTON — A Cambridge man is facing charges after MBTA Transit Police said he began to torment a K-9 sitting in the back of a police cruiser Tuesday night.
A transit police officer, along with his K-9 partner Viktor, were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Washington Street just before 8 p.m. when a man, later identified as Antonio Brown, was crossing the street in a crosswalk.
For unknown reasons, Brown diverted from the crosswalk and walked to the back of the police cruiser where Viktor was seated.
At that point, police said Brown began to hiss, grunt and bark at Viktor, which caused him to become so excited and agitated that he suffered a small laceration next to his left eye.
As the officer got out of his cruiser Brown started to laugh as he ran off. Police said Brown then got in a vehicle and drove away.
The officer was able to catch up to Brown and pulled his vehicle over before taking him into custody and charging him with willfully tormenting a police dog.
LUDLOW, Mass. — A Ludlow man is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly beating his Pomeranian dog with pruning shears and leaving it for dead in a snowy field.
Ricardo Costa was arrested Thursday and is charged with felony cruelty or maiming of an animal. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.
Police say the 40-year-old Costa beat the dog named Scrunchy with pruning shears because it defecated indoors and no one had cleaned up the mess. Police say they found blood and hair in the area the dog was allegedly beaten.
The year-old dog was still alive when it was found several hours later.
It was taken to an animal hospital with extensive injuries, including a fractured skull.
It was not clear if Costa had a lawyer.
NASHUA, N.H. — Nashua Police Commissioner Tom Pappas has resigned his position after helping a state representative who ran over and killed several ducks in December.
Pappas said in a letter to Gov. Maggie Hassan that he regrets his role in the incident.
“I deeply regret my part in the events of December 23, 2013, and apologize to you, the Nashua Police Department and the public for the disruption that has occurred as a consequence of them,” he said in the letter.
In December, state Rep. David Campbell, D-Nashua, ran over and killed several ducks outside the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Campbell left the scene before police arrived. Pappas later made a call to the police department, saying Campbell was a friend and asking if it was OK if he came in for questioning the next day.
Police agreed, but the Attorney General’s Office is investigating whether further action is needed.
“I am determined to move forward productively and positively by cooperating in any manner necessary with the investigation being conducted by the Attorney General’s Office,” Pappas said in his resignation letter.
Nashua Alderman Ken Siegel of Ward 9 said Pappas did the right thing.
“I just think he was trying to help a friend, and unfortunately he made a bad decision, and now he did the honorable thing and he resigned,” Siegel said.
Siegel said Campbell should do the same.
“Not only were his (Campbell’s) actions the instigation for all of this, but he’s brought a good man down,” Siegel said.
Witnesses claimed that Campbell was drunk, but charges weren’t filed. He later paid a fine.
The 4-year-old Plymouth County Sheriff K-9 named Blitz is recovering from a puncture wound, lacerations, and cuts and bruises, Wellesley police said.
Blitz found Brian Kalil, 32, hiding in his parents’ attic in Quincy, police said. Kalil has been charged with unarmed robbery and larceny of more than $250 in a Dec. 15 Wellesley bank robbery.
Police SWAT teams shut down a Quincy neighborhood for nearly half a day on Thursday in an effort to apprehend Kalil.
Blitz was attacked by Kalil, even thrown down a set of stairs, police said. Despite Blitz’ injury, he continued to try to subdue Kalil as the SWAT team moved in, according to police.
Kalil will be charged separately in Quincy for assault and battery on a police dog, police said.
17 pit bulls, guns, drugs, seized from Middleboro home
Lt. Peter J. Andrade said John Campbell, 30, of 163 Miller St., was arrested during a raid Wednesday morning by a SWAT team after a month long investigation, the Enterprise reported.
Andrade said five guns were seized, including at least two that were stolen, ammunition, $29,000 in cash, $45,000 worth of Percocet and more than 100 grams of cocaine.
Andrade said the perimeter of Campbell’s home was equipped with infrared security cameras and posted with no trespassing signs.
The squalid conditions were not limited to the 13 puppies and four adult dogs, Andrade said. The home was also unclean is being inspected by the health office. The Department of Family and Children was notified because Campbell’s children were living at the home, along with his wife.
Campbell is awaiting arraignment at Wareham District Court.