Vermont Telling Dog Abuser to Give Up Dogs

Way to go Vermont! This article was in the Bennington Banner. State to alleged dog abuser: Give up the pups NEAL GOSWAMI, Staff Writer BENNINGTON...

Joy  |  Sep 2nd 2006


Way to go Vermont! This article was in the Bennington Banner.

State to alleged dog abuser: Give up the pups
NEAL GOSWAMI, Staff Writer

BENNINGTON If the state of Vermont has its way, Larry Mason will never be able to reclaim the 32 dogs he is accused of abusing.

Mason, 52, formerly of Bridgewater, N.H., pleaded innocent last week to two misdemeanor charges of cruelty to animals. Mason was released after his arraignment with several conditions, including he not own, possess or control, even on a temporary basis, any domesticated animals.

But the state would like to make sure that Mason can never regain ownership of the 32 German shepherds, which are being housed in several different shelters. A motion was filed in Bennington District Court on Monday by Deputy State’s Attorney Gabrielle J. Gautieri, asking the court to grant an order forcing Mason to forfeit his right to the dogs.

“The state doesn’t think that Mr. Mason ought to be the owner of the dogs at this time. He still has formal ownership of the dogs. … We want to formally sever his ties with the dogs,” said Gautieri.

The motion will require a hearing where Mason and his attorney, public defender Frederick , will be able to argue why the court should not grant the state’s request for an order of forfeiture.

Gautieri said Monday that the court has not yet set a date for the hearing.