Peirce Pleads Not Guilty to Animal Cruelty
Posted on Oct 16, 2008 - 3:02 PM
Article Launched: 10/16/2008 03:02:58 AM EDT
Thursday, October 16
BENNINGTON — The following cases were heard in Bennington District Court on Tuesday:
Lucene Peirce, 75, of Chapel Road in Bennington, pleaded not guilty to a charge of animal cruelty.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Cpl. Christopher Lauzon, police were dispatched to the West Mountain Animal Hospital on Sept. 3 at around 1:37 p.m. on a report of a neglected dog.
Lauzon said he met with one of the employees, who showed him a female dog. According to Lauzon, the dog had long, matted hair, waste on its hindquarters and an infected eye. Lauzon learned the dog had been found near a construction site on Chapel Road.
Lauzon said he later received a letter from a veterinarian, claiming the dog was continuously in pain and suffered from ear infections and ulcerated skin. Lauzon said the dog also required surgery for a kidney problem.
Lauzon said he heard Peirce was the owner of the dog. He said he spoke to a neighbor who claimed she had seen a dog matching that description on her property a year ago.
Lauzon said police contacted Peirce's son. According to Lauzon, the son changed his story — at first claiming the dog was missing, then saying he had found the dog two weeks ago.
Lauzon said he spoke to Peirce, who reportedly denied owning the dog.