Salem State Appeals Court Convicts Man Of Six Counts Of Animal Cruelty

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SALEM, Mass (WBZ NewsRadio) – The state appeals court has ruled in the case of a man convicted of animal cruelty who claimed he was creating a new breed of dog.

Dominick Donovan, who was convicted of six counts of animal cruelty, argued the evidence against him was insufficient, but the state appeals court disagrees.

Back in 2014, Donovan persuaded a kennel owner in Salem to come to his house in New York and buy a couple of puppies. They were a breed that Donovan said he created, called the "Donovan Pinscher."

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Apparently, Donovan created the breed by cropping the ears of the puppies’ with scissors and gluing them without any anesthesia.

Donovan’s argument for not using anesthesia was that if the puppies weren’t strong enough to be a part of his new breed, then they would be killed.

He was later found guilty in the death of two puppies that were found in a bag at a gas station in Revere. They had been choked to death.

WBZ's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) has the report:

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