Plymouth: Man accused of animal cruelty pleads not guilty

According to the Brockton Superior Court prosecutor, autopsy records indicate blunt forced trauma to the head resulted in the death of  Michael Fitzpatrick’s 10-month old Doberman Pinscher, however the 52-year old man maintains his innocence.

When Plymouth police first arrived at Fitzpatrick’s Plymouth home in June, after neighbors reported they heard an animal crying, Fitzpatrick said he gave the dog to someone’s friend though he couldn’t provide the person’s contact information. He later admitted to burying the dog in the backyard but said the dog bit him and he was forced to defend himself.

The Plymouth man is alleged to have violently killed the dog with a claw hammer. He was arraigned in superior court Monday morning and pled not guilty. Fitzpatrick is to have no care over any animal until his next court appearance.

Fitzpatrick refused comment but his attorney says he is innocent and they have an ‘iron clad defense’ to prove it.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for November 19th.


About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.