Auburn man indicted on animal cruelty charge

AUBURN — A Willow Street man accused of leaving a starving dog in a closet has been indicted on a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals.

Charles Palmer, 30, of 15 Willow St., was indicted Wednesday by an Androscoggin County grand jury.

In early June, Animal Control Officer Wendell Strout was sent to Willow Street to investigate a report of a sick dog  that was not being properly cared for.

Strout went to Willow Street on June 4 and spoke with neighbors. One of the neighbors had the dog, which Strout described as a Labrador-shepherd mix.

"The dog was barely alive," said Deputy Chief Jason Moen of the Auburn Police Department. "He had apparently been keeping it in a closet because he didn't know what to do with it."

The dog was taken to Lewiston for medical treatment. However, the animal's condition was so dire that it had to be euthanized.

According to Strout, the dog was six to eight months old and should have weighed 40 pounds. It weighed about 15 pounds. It was emaciated from dehydration and malnutrition, Strout said.

Palmer was also indicted Wednesday on unrelated charges of burglary, criminal mischief and violating conditions of release.

According to the indictment, Palmer entered the home of an Auburn man June 12 and destroyed property. After he was arrested on those charges, Palmer was taken to the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn where he has since remained.

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Animal Abuse

Anyone that will do this to a defenseless animal deserves to have the same kind of death brought to them as well. Jail is much too good for this type of person.

TOM FOURNIER's picture


What a vicious, premeditated, cowardly act by a so-called human being. Someday he will pay the price. Yes, he's a human being ---a worthless human being. He'll get a slap on the wrist because judges take such matters too lightly. Unfortunately, they seem to be oblivious to the fact that animals have the capacity to experience pain and suffering exactly as we ourselves do. Until that mindset changes, my friends, these types of cruel acts will continue to get worse. All life must be respected and valued. What happens to us matters to us. Likewise, what happened to that dog mattered to him or her.

Coleen Daskoski's picture

RE: Hang Him

I agree with most of what you said and I myself, think it is horrible when a cat, dog is abused. It is awful and my heart breaks. But, No one is Worthless.. Everyone has worth and value in them even if they do things that are not's a matter of choosing. He could have brought this dog to the Animal Shelter, but instead he chose to do an ignorant thing. This guy needs to have the right punishment for what he did and of course the court will decide that. Cruelty to animals and humans is unacceptable!

Roger  Cyr's picture


why dont they do to thepeople that they do to the animals...


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