Greenfield man facing animal cruelty charge

  • An 18-year-old Greenfield man faces a slew of charges, including animal cruelty, after Greenfield Police say he stole a relative’s dog and abused it. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

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Published: 2/25/2020 5:08:11 PM

GREENFIELD — An 18-year-old Greenfield man faces a slew of charges, including animal cruelty, after police say he stole a relative’s dog and abused it before sending himself threatening text messages to make it appear like someone else had taken the animal.

Kody L. Avery was arraigned Monday in Greenfield District Court and pleaded not guilty to cruelty to animals, intimidating a witness/juror/police/court official, making a false report of a crime and a dog tethering/confining violation. He was released on personal recognizance.

According to a report by Greenfield Police Officer Patrick J. Merrigan, Avery had told him it was a “prank” that had gone too far. Avery allegedly admitted to pouring cough syrup on the dog, a 1-year-old female Pit Bull mix, and rubbing dirt in the syrup to make it appear like blood.

According to a narrative filed by Officer Emily Rowell, she examined the basement where the dog is believed to have been hidden and said she was “met by an overwhelming musty smell which made it difficult to take deep breaths.” She also reported at least one pile of dog feces and that the northeast corner walls were covered with what appeared to be black mold. There were no bowls or dishes for dog food, she reported.

Rowell reported she took the canine to the South Deerfield Veterinary Clinic, where a veterinarian said the dog had some hair loss and dry skin on her back — a possible indication of the early signs of mange. However, there were no signs of any recent injuries or healed broken bones.

Avery is scheduled to be back in court for a pretrial conference on April 27.


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