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January 12, 2013

District Court: Man jailed 90 days for breaking beagle’s leg

A Gloucester man who was arrested in December for breaking a dog’s leg pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges Friday in Gloucester District Court.

Marc D. Appleton, 30, of 6 Langsford St., was sentenced to one year in jail with 90 days to be served by Judge Joseph Jennings. Appleton was given credit for 21 days already served and will be on probation for two years when released.

Appleton confessed to police in December that he had come home from work and kicked a beagle mix named Buddy while wearing a construction boot after discovering the dog had urinated in his apartment and chewed his belongings.

Buddy’s owner had told police that he was working the day of the incident, selling Christmas trees on Essex Avenue, when Appleton arrived with Buddy, whose back leg was swelling. Appleton told Buddy’s owner that the dog had been struck by a vehicle, but vowed to take out a loan to pay the animal hospital bill.

Both men rushed Buddy to Woburn Animal Hospital, where Buddy received emergency surgery at a cost of $4,900, according to police.

Appleton was arrested after one witness told police Appleton had admitted to hitting Buddy, and three other witnesses told police they had heard bangs and crashes followed by a dog “whimpering” and “screeching.”

Jason P. Trimmins, 30, of 2 West Tarr’s Lane, Rockport, pleaded guilty to a charge of larceny over $250 and was sentenced to serve nine months in jail by Jennings. Trimmins was given credit for 32 days already served.

Trimmins was charged in October after police detectives found that he sold stolen jewelry to a Gloucester pawn shop. According to police reports, Trimmins’ mother identified the jewelry as items stolen from her.

An assault and battery charges brought against Daniel J. Teel, 61, of 198 Granite St., Gloucester, were continued without a finding for one year.

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