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Beaten and Buried, Dog on Mend

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 - 10:30 AM
Beaten and buried, dog on mend
61-year-old man faces animal cruelty charge

Anika Clark
Sentinel Staff

BELLOWS FALLS - A Jack Russell terrier named Rudy is fighting to recover after being beaten and buried in a snow bank.

Edward Grysko, 61, was was arrested in connection with the incident, facing a charge of aggravated animal cruelty, according to Bellows Falls Police.

Bellows Falls and Vermont State Police responded to a Wells Street apartment building after receiving a call from one of the building's tenants, who said her dog had been bludgeoned to death.

In addition to saying her dog had been beaten, the owner told police the man who did it was in the area with a firearm, according to a police press release.

Police never found a gun, Bemis said, but they did find Grysko, who lives in the same building as the woman, but in a different unit. After first denying the woman's claims, Grysko then showed police where he'd buried the dog in a nearby snow bank, according to a police press release.

"We thought the dog was probably dead," Bemis said, describing how Rudy was covered with 6-inches to a foot of snow.

Then, however, police noticed he was alive, wrapped him in a blanket and took him to the Rockingham Veterinary Clinic.

"He was still moving and stuff, but he wasn't real responsive," Bemis said Tuesday night. "I know he's on an IV right now."

The dog suffered "a lot of swelling on his head," according to Bemis, who said police believe he was hit with some sort of club.

This morning, a clinic employee said Rudy's alive and improving.

Police aren't sure of the motive behind the attack or exactly when it happened, due to conflicting accounts, but believe the dog was hurt somewhere in the apartment building.

Grysko, who was unavailable for comment this morning, was given a citation to appear on April 1 in Windham County District Court.

Anika Clark can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1432, or

Sgt. David R. Bemis declined to give the owner's name Tuesday night.

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