Bleach Pouring Incident in Westfield Leads to Animal Cruelty Charges
WESTFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — Charges are filed in another case of animal cruelty – this time in Westfield.
Police say earlier this month, Jennifer Gingras allegedly dumped bleach all over a 13-year-old Jack Russell Terrier owned by her boyfriend.
Westfield Police conducted a lengthy investigation, and determined that the couple allegedly got into an altercation. As part of her anger, Gingras allegedly became frustrated with the dog and dumped a bottle of bleach on to him while he was trapped in his cage and unable to move.
“At first, they thought she just poured bleach on the pillow and the dog laid on the pillow, but upon examination by the veterinarian he said no, (the) bleach was poured directly on the dog,” says Westfield Animal Control Operations Manager Ken Frazier.
The Jack Russell Terrier suffered chemical burns to his general body, feet, head, and eyes. Frazier says it was the domestic dispute that led to the chilling turn of events
“Just because you don’t like the animal – don’t hurt it because you want to hurt them,” he said.
The bleach bottle was recovered from the scene.
Gingras claims the whole incident was unintentional. She declined an on-camera interview, but tells ABC40 that the incident occurred as she was working to mix some cleaner, when the bleach spilled on the cage and the dog.
Gingras adds that she didn’t take the dog to the veterinarian right away because she was concerned that the dog may become violent.
The dog is alive and doing okay, but doctors don’t know if he will have any long-term ill effects, considering his age.
Gingras can face up to two years in jail and a $2,500 fine.