Former ACO Charged with Animal Cruelty in MA

Sometimes people find it hard to relate statistics and reports to needless pet suffering and killing but a photo of a single mistreated animal will stir their blood.  In some cases, these photos are too disturbing to post on the blog.  (Warning:  all the links below contain disturbing images of a dog who appears to be deeply suffering and on the brink of death.)

Anna Nelson is the former ACO for Wareham, MA.  An anonymous tip led the current ACO to her home and her senior dog:

The 10-year-old terrier mix could hardly stand and was diseased and jaundiced.

“It was incredibly malnourished, had parasites — internal and external — and in fact, too ill to be saved. It had to be euthanized,” said Rob Halpin of the MSPCA.

Ms. Nelson is facing a felony animal cruelty charge.  She was a no show for her arraignment, forcing authorities to issue a warrant and send police to arrest her.  Although she allegedly neglected her suffering pet for months, when her own ass was in hot water she promptly posted bail to get herself out of jail.  Ms. Nelson is due in court today.

4 thoughts on “Former ACO Charged with Animal Cruelty in MA

  1. Couldn’t look at the links – but this is certainly NOT the kind of person you want working with any animals in any situation. And to the person who said that it (meaning the dog) had to be euthanized, that poor soul was not an IT! Show some compassion and sensitivity toward a living, feeling, breathing animal, although now gone.
    RIP pup ~ I’m so sorry that you had such an awful end-of-life. You deserved so much better.

  2. This just breaks my heart. Especially since this was an elderly dog deserved so much more than she got. An ACO knows that food, water, and shelter are basic to any life form. She absolutely should get the book thrown at her! To treat any pet, especially an elderly one is criminal!

  3. Absolutely disgusting. I don’t know what is wrong with people. I have seen many like this and worse on facebook, and it just angers me to even look at them. A little weenie dog so emaciated he could not stand and his tail was bone. It is just sickening.

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