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Man Accused of Animal Cruelty Commits Suicide

Posted on Mar 14, 2008 - 11:23 AM
Man accused of animal cruelty commits suicide

Burlington Free Press
Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Free Press staff report


Edward Grysko, a 61-year-old Westminster man accused of striking a Parson Russell terrier dog and burying it alive in the snow last week, is thought to have committed suicide Wednesday morning, police said.


Grysko decided to end his life, in part, because of his arrest in the highly publicized animal cruelty case, police said.


Grysko was found behind his work place, General Truck and Equipment in Westminster, with a gunshot wound to the head, police said; a handgun and suicide note were left behind.


The type of gun and note's content were not disclosed.


State police did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday evening.


Grysko was "depressed and despondent" over his arrest in the animal cruelty case and the untimely death of his youngest son, which occurred two years ago, police learned through interviews with family and friends.


Grysko faced aggravated animal cruelty charges for beating the 14-year-old Parson Russell terrier early last week; according to police, he said he was angered because the dog "nipped at somebody."


Police retrieved the terrier from a snow bank in Bellows Falls on March 4, a day after the beaten dog was buried.

The dog was treated for shock and head injuries and was expected to survive.


The dog's owner reported the crime to police.


The suspected suicide does not appear to be suspicious, but a post-mortem examination will be performed, police said.


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