Police: Man buried dog because it didn’t get along with cat

Posted at 7:04 AM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 08:04:10-04

UXBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts man is accused of burying his dog alive because it wasn’t getting along with his cat and he could not find it a new home.

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Richard Piquard was arraigned Tuesday on an animal cruelty charge in Uxbridge District Court and freed after posting a $1,000 bond.

The 24-year-old Northbridge man ignored reporters who requested comment from him outside the courthouse. According to a police report, he said he thought the dog was dead when he buried it.

Prosecutors say the Shih Tzu, named Chico, was found alive Sunday in a shallow grave, but had to be euthanized because of its injuries.

The woman who found the dog told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that a large rock had been placed on top of the animal.

Piquard is due back in court Oct. 26.