Burlington Trainer Faces Dog Abuse Charges In Boston

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A former Burlington firefighter has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges in Boston on Wednesday.

He was arraigned in South Boston Municipal Court.

Tyler Falconer, 30, ran Falco K9, a kennel in South Boston that shuttered in March. Falconer is accused of neglecting and abusing three dogs between November 2020 and February 2023.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said the dogs in Falconer's care lost weight, were injured, or both. One of the dogs allegedly lost 20 pounds, and another had a stab wound to its paw. None of the dogs stayed with Falco K9 for very long — the longest stay was just over two weeks.

Falconer is charged with three counts of animal cruelty by a custodian, and three counts of improperly confining an animal.

The man is due back in court on July 18. The court said Falconer was released on conditions including that he stay away from and not work with any animals.

Falconer resigned from the Burlington Fire Department on Wednesday, according to local cable access television.

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