More information has been released about the dog who was buried alive in Northbridge, Massachusetts. According to the Telegram, 24-year-old Richard Piquard allegedly buried the dog, who belonged to his ex-girlfriend, because it did not get along with his cat.
Piquard had been caring for the 17-year-old Shih Tzu, Chico, because his ex-girlfriend was not allowed to keep the dog at her apartment. The accused dog killer had kept Chico for 18 months and claims that he tried to get his ex to take the dog back, but she was unable to find the dog a new home, reported PEOPLE.
Piquard also claims that he thought that the dog was dead when he dug a hole in the ground and buried him. When the elderly dog was dug up, he was still breathing but unresponsive. The dog was taken to a veterinarian, but ultimately had to be euthanized.
Piquard was arrested on Sunday for animal cruelty – he has already been released from jail. The cat that was supposedly behind Piquard’s quest to be rid of the dog has been placed with the man’s parents.
Chief of Police Walter J. Warchol commented on the cruel situation:
“Even in my 41 years here, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Chief Warchol said. “We’ve seen other forms of animal cruelty. Burying something alive is a little beyond the reach.”
Prior article about this disturbing situation at this link.
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