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December 22, 2012

Bail set at $5K in latest dog case

GLOUCESTER — The 30-year-old Gloucester man who was arrested Thursday for allegedly kicking his roommate’s beagle mix and fracturing the dog’s leg in three places, was held on $5,000 cash bail following his arraignment Friday in Gloucester District Court.

Marc Appleton of 6 Langsford St. in Lanesville is set to return to court for a pre-trial hearing next Friday.

Appleton, in a confession to police after his arrest, said he had kicked Buddy the dog because he was “frustrated and tired” when he came home and found that Buddy had chewed some DVDs and urinated on the floor, according to police.

Appleton is the defendant in Gloucester’s second grisly animal cruelty case this month. John “Jack” Dugan, the defendant who allegedly gutted his pet pitbull, Xena, after the dog ingested both a sealed bag of heroin and an unsealed bag, is slated to return to court in January. He was still being held on $20,000 bail as of Friday, according to police.

Judge Joseph Jennings, who set Appleton’s bail, also found Appleton to be indigent, but able to pay $150 for a court-appointed lawyer. When setting Appleton’s bail, Jennings considered the nature and circumstances of Appleton’s alleged actions, Appleton’s record, and the potential penalty associated with the charges against him.

Appleton, if found guilty, would face up to five years in a state prison, up to 2 1/2 years in a house of correction, a fine no higher than $2,500, or a combination of a fine and jail time.

Appleton has a dog of his own, but police turned the dog over to Appleton’s sister at the time of his arrest.

In the pitbull case, Dugan, the 27-year-old man facing charges of killing then gutting his pet pitbull Xena at his 139 Prospect St. home, has been held on $20,000 bail since his Dec. 6 arrest. Jennings found that Dugan also be subject to random drug and alcohol testing and must remain drug and alcohol free. Dugan is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 4 for a pre-trial hearing.

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