Sutton Man Charged With Animal Cruelty, 13 Dogs Up For Adoption


Douglas Police

Last Friday, the Douglas Police Department received several phone calls reporting a dog running loose in the State Forest on Southwest Main Street.  After a search by Douglas Police, Regional Animal Control Officer Kevin Sullivan, and several residents, a St. Bernard was spotted multiple times, but, evaded capture throughout the night.

Early the next morning the search continued and the St. Bernard dog, Buddy, was captured.  After an investigation by Douglas Police, 14 St. Bernards were located at a residence and ultimately surrendered to Animal Control.

As a result of the investigation charges of Animal Cruelty and Misleading a Police Investigation were filed against 38 year old Steven Banville of Duval Road in Sutton.

The 14 St. Bernards included the one-year old male, Buddy, (pictured below) who was running loose, a 2 year old female St. Bernard (mom), and their 12 four-week old puppies.

Buddy has already been adopted, while the two-year old female St. Bernard and 12 puppies have been placed in Foster Care.

Beginning on March 6th, the mother St. Bernard and 12 puppies will be placed up for adoption through Pawfect Life Rescue in Uxbridge.  If you are interested in adopting them you are asked to fill out an adoption application here.  (Please do not call the Police Station or Animal Control)

If you would like to help out until these pups are adopted, all donations in support of these animals may be sent to Uxbridge Animal Control Donation Account at Uxbridge Police Department, 275 Douglas Street, Uxbridge MA 01569.

Douglas Police