ARL Files Charges Against Middleboro Kennel Owner

Five Felony Counts Included
ARL spokesman Mike Defina shares some love with one of the abused Cane Corso dogs under care at the ARL shelter in Brewster. (Lower Cape TV)

Today, the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Law Enforcement Department filed criminal charges at Wareham District Court, stemming from a September 24 operation where ARL, in conjunction with Middleboro Police and Animal Control Departments, seized 24 animals from a commercial kennel facility in the town.

Charges levied against Mr. Michael Perette of Middleboro, MA, include:

Five Felony Charges:

  • MGL. Ch. 272/77/B: Animal Cruelty (1 donkey)
  • MGL. Ch. 272/77/B: Animal Cruelty (4 birds)
  • MGL. Ch. 272/77/B: Animal Cruelty (2 Caucasian Shepherd type dogs)
  • MGL. Ch. 272/77/B: Animal Cruelty (2 Dodo Argentino type dogs)
  • MGL. Ch. 272/77/B: Animal Cruelty (19 Cane Corso dogs)

Twenty-Three Misdemeanor Charges:

  • MGL. Ch. 140/174E: Neglect and Abuse (for each dog within the rear kennel facility)

With charges officially filed, ARL will not be commenting further until judicial proceedings conclude. Any media inquiries can be directed to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.

ARL and partnering municipal shelters continue to provide daily care for the 24 animals, primarily Cane Corso dogs, seized from Mr. Perette’s property in September. The majority of the animals were traumatized due to their surroundings, and remain under evaluation and are currently NOT available for adoption.

ARL hopes to have a status update on the animals soon.


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