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Man Pleads Not Guilty to Cruelty to Animals

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 - 6:41 AM
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Thursday January 27, 2011

BENNINGTON -- The following case was heard Monday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division.

John Bianco Jr., 62, of Wilcox Road, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and cruelty to animals. He was released on conditions he not have contact with his alleged victim or abusive contact with animals.

According to an affidavit by Trooper Timothy Newton, of the Vermont State Police, Mary Daily reported she was walking her dogs when Bianco pulled up next to her in his vehicle, got out, and began yelling at her. She said he kicked one of her dogs because it got in his way. She said she kept walking while he yelled, and he eventually went away after two minutes, shouting back as he went.

Police said Bianco told them heíd been having a problem with Dailyís dogs defecating on his property. He said that after seeing one defecate in his driveway, he caught up to Daily in his vehicle, got out, and yelled at her. "My voice got kinda high, I got a little loud," he told police, according to the affidavit. He said he hadnít contacted the animal control officer because, "I donít want to stir up any malcontent for anybody," he said.

-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.


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