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Bleach Pouring Incident in Westfield Leads to Animal Cruelty Charges

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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.

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  • jp2013

    I know this psychotic a#*@ole. A complete waste of oxygen!

  • http://HaggisBrain.com Ed The Genius

    The idiots at ch40 are at it again. The penalty is up to FIVE years in jail, not 2.5, and the fine has gone up to 5,000 or 10,000 dollars. After all the animal cruelty stories lately that stated as much, you would think that even an imbecile would know that by now.

  • http://HaggisBrain.com Ed The Genius

    Let the threats and taunts begin! Now see people THIS is animal cruelty, not some poor mentally ill slob who couldn’t afford to feed all his animals properly. There is cruelty, and then there is neglect, and they are 2 very different things.

  • prplelph

    I knew this one too. Actually the dog is my brother in laws. I always thought she was shadey but for someone to actually do this deserves the highest penelty there is. Just sick!!

  • MikeM

    Actually, Ed the “self-proclaimed genius”, you are incorrect. Perhaps you should check your own facts before calling someone out. According to the MGL: suffering or cruelty of any kind shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years or imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 21/2 years or by a fine of not more than $2,500, or by both such fine and imprisonment.