Web Posted: 06/19/2009 8:56 CDT Man says he couldn't afford vet, killed dog
Associated Press -
METHUEN, Mass. — A Massachusetts man facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly killing his bulldog with a hammer told police the dog was sick and he could not afford to pay a veterinarian to put it down.
Charles Berube, of Methuen, appeared in court Thursday. A jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 20.
Berube owned the dog, named Spot, for 10 years. Animal welfare investigators say the 53-year-old told them the animal had been sick for weeks and had lost a lot of weight. It had swollen legs and had trouble walking.
Berube says he did not want the animal to suffer and could not afford a veterinarian. He said he did not want to burden a shelter with the animal. It was killed last July.
His lawyer refused to comment. Man says he couldn't afford vet, killed dog