Former Wareham animal control officer arraigned on animal cruelty charge

By Jaime Rebhan | Apr 29, 2013
Courtesy of: MSPCA-Angell Anna Nelson, a Wareham resident and former animal control officer, is charged with animal cruelty for failing to provide care to her sick dog, above.

Former Wareham Animal Control Officer Anna Nelson was arrested without incident on Saturday morning, after she failed to attend court to be arraigned for animal cruelty charges on Wednesday, April 24.

Nelson, 51, is charged with one count of animal cruelty, a felony, for failing to provide care for her "diseased and emaciated" 10-year-old terrier mix, according to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell, which sought the charges.

Nelson posted bail on Saturday — a $40 court fee, a court clerk confirmed. She was arraigned on Monday in Wareham District Court and released. She will next appear in court on June 13 for a pretrial hearing.

The dog's health had been declining for a number of months.

"A veterinary evaluation revealed the dog was suffering from an undiagnosed disease and was severely underweight, such that his ribs, lumbar vertebrae and pelvic bones were all protruding," the MSPCA said.

The dog had to be euthanized.

Wareham Week will update this story when more information becomes available.

Comments (2)
Posted by: FrustratedinWW | Apr 25, 2013 22:18

Absolutely heartbreaking......I can't believe anyone would do this to a defenseless animal.  I truly hope Ms. Nelson is charged with whatever the maximum penalty is for such a cruel act.  In addition, I hope she is never allowed to own an animal.  My heart breaks for that poor dog.

Posted by: WantToSeeChange | Apr 27, 2013 19:13

Well, she screwed herself with this one (maybe).  What did the other guy get?  A $90 fine for dropping his dog in the snow and taking off?  Probably cost less than putting it down.  If I were her, I would have shown up and taken a $90 fine.  Of course, if I were her, I wouldn't be facing these charges.

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