Former Wareham Animal Control employee faces September trial for animal cruelty charge

By Jaime Rebhan | Jun 13, 2013
Photo by: Jaime Rebhan Anna Nelson, 52, appears in Wareham District Court for a pre-trial hearing on Thursday, June 13.

The former Wareham Animal Control employee who is accused of failing to provide care to her "diseased and emaciated" 10-year-old dog will face a trial by jury on September 10.

Anna Nelson, 52, of Linwood Avenue, is charged with one count of animal cruelty — a felony. She appeared in Wareham District Court with her lawyer, Margaret Swenson, for a pre-trial hearing on Thursday, and a trial date was set.

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell sought the animal cruelty charge after finding that Nelson's dog, a terrier mix, was "suffering from an undiagnosed disease and was severely underweight, such that his ribs, lumbar vertebrae and pelvic bones were all protruding," the agency said.

The dog's health had been declining for a number of months, according to the MSPCA. It had to be euthanized.

After she was notified to appear in court for the charge, Nelson failed to attend her April 24 arraignment. Wareham Police arrested her three days later. She was released after paying court fees.

Nelson worked for the Animal Control office in the summer of 2004, according to town records.

Comments (4)
Posted by: rachal67 | Jun 14, 2013 11:19

Well lets hope the courts will do the right thing this time. Dennis Murray from Wareham, who was charged with abandoning the small poodle behind the Onset Water Dept., on the coldest night of this past winter, walked out of Wareham District Court with as little as a slap on the wrist.  This abuse and neglect is easily avoided.  There are great resources available to help these animals.  These people are cowards!!!  To be a former ACO is a disgrace!  Hoping for Justice!!!

Posted by: Stillaliveandwell | Jun 14, 2013 13:38

In 1990 I was taken into custody by wareham police per dog officers request. I was single mother at work in an office. They handcuffed me & took me to jail where I sat in a cell until I was able to appear in front of the judge.(2-3 hrs) I was unable to pick my 2 very young (3&4) children up @ daycare. The judge was clearly upset & asked if i was able to pay the $27 & apologized. I had never or since been arrested. I adore & take excellent care of my animals, when I saw this article  I was disgusted & saddened & relieved that they are hopefully going to hold this person responsible for her disputable behavior & didn't allow her to get away with it because of her position. I only hope they throw the book at her making that little animal suffer all that time.

Posted by: justin beiber | Jun 14, 2013 17:15


You failed to mention why you were charged with animal abuse.

Posted by: Haminator | Jun 15, 2013 00:49

"Nelson worked for the Animal Control office in the summer of 2004, according to town records".... so she was the animal control officer for only about two months and almost 10 years ago. i wonder why for such a short amount of time.

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