NORTHBRIDGE (CBS) – Police charged a man with animal cruelty after he allegedly buried a dog alive in Northbridge. Richard Piquard, 24, of Whitinsville was arrested on Sunday.

The woman who found the dog and called police said the man who buried it had been trying to get rid of it for some time.

“Picked him up and he was breathing and yelping and screaming in pain coated in dirt, his nose embedded with dirt it was horrible,” said Kaylee Belanger, describing the moment she found the dog.

Richard Piquard. (Image Credit: Northbridge Police)

The dog was known as Chico. The 18-year-old Shih Tzu belonged to Richard Piquard’s ex-girlfriend. Piquard had been caring for the dog but Belanger says he wanted to get rid of him. On Sunday, Chico was found barely breathing after being buried in the woods behind a Northbridge home.

“The dog had been buried for approximately five hours,” said Northbridge Police Chief Walter Warchol. “In my 41 years I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Piquard was arrested on charges of animal cruelty. Chico was rushed to Tufts Veterinary Hospital where he had to be euthanized.

Piquard was released on $1,000 cash bail. He is expected to be arraigned in Uxbridge District Court on Tuesday.

Comments (6)
  1. Scott Wong says:

    lets see how he likes its 2 be bury alive. he should be hang.

  2. Ginger Derrick says:

    Richard Piquard~ Needs to be held Accountable and Imprisonment and Fine

  3. Michael Rogers says:

    the age of cruelty
    sick of the mind
    barbarians are we
    savages in this decaying time

  4. Regina Schneider-gaskin says:

    Put this sadist under wather for at least 4 minutes.

  5. Nancy Grabowski says:

    This person needs to be evaluated for mental illness and kept under surveillance when he is released from jail. Why didn’t he just take the dog to a shelter? I will never understand why people do these kinds of things.