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October 16, 2013

Bail eased in pit bull heroin case

The bail tying John Dugan, the 29-year-old previously accused of slaying his pet pit bull after the dog ingested heroin, to a jail cell was dropped from $25,000 to $4,000 during a Tuesday bail hearing.

But the Gloucester man remained behind bars in Middleton Jail early Tuesday night.

Among the factors considered by Superior Court Judge David Lowy in setting the new bail, was the consideration that two of four animal cruelty counts against Dugan had been dismissed in recent court proceedings.

Though Dugan’s defense attorney, John Morris, had motioned for the court to dismiss all the charges against Dugan, Judge Timothy Q. Feeley dismissed two counts without prejudice, and left standing the remaining two counts and a charge of heroin possession.

If Dugan is bailed from jail, however, he is prohibited from using drugs or drinking alcohol and required to submit to random drug and alcohol screens. Another condition would require him to attend five alcoholics anonymous and/or narcotics anonymous meetings each week.

When Dugan last met the terms of his then-$20,000 bail in January, he stayed out of jail for a little over a month before an incident at the Captain’s Lodge Motor Inn landed him back behind bars.

While out of jail on probation, Dugan had come within days of graduating from a Discover drug treatment program at Addison Gilbert Hospital. But, when he missed a mandatory drug program class, his probation officer notified police. Police found him in the hotel room with a handmade device he admitted he had planned to use in falsifying drug tests.

At the time, Dugan told police he had relapsed after a contentious court hearing, and had “snorted” Percocet pills and consumed a bottle of whiskey. Dugan also told police at that time that he had been smoking marijuana since leaving the courthouse.

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