MA: Worcester man charged with animal cruelty in leg-hold trapping of skunk
September 10, 2013
WORCESTER — A city man has been charged with animal cruelty for
allegedly setting an illegal trap in his yard that caused a skunk to
die an agonizing death, according to MSPCA-Angell's Law Enforcement
Dennis Duval, 77, of 188 Sunderland Road is to
be arraigned next month in Central District Court.
Animal Control Officer Patrick Cherry found the young male skunk
alive but gravely wounded on Aug. 15. A neighbor had called
authorities to report that a skunk was caught in a trap, according
to a statement of facts by Officer Cherry on file in court.
The animal had tried to chew its front leg off after being caught in
the trap, according to an MSPCA-Angell news release. Mr. Cherry took
the wild skunk to a local veterinarian, who euthanized it.
The maximum penalty is five years in prison and a $2,500 fine.
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