Man Charged With Animal Cruelty After Dragging Dog With Van

60-year-old Timothy Nicholas was released on personal recognizance

A Lowell, Massachusetts, man is facing animal cruelty charges after he allegedly dragged his dog behind a van.

Timothy Nicholas, 60, was arraigned Thursday and is charged with animal cruelty, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan announced. 

Police responded to a report on June 26 that a dog was being dragged by a van in the area of Hildreth Street and Aiken Avenue in Lowell and found a bleeding pit bull.

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Nicholas reportedly told police that he let the dog out of the van and forgot about it when he started driving. 

The pit bull suffered serious injuries to its paws and was treated at a Dracut veterinary hospital. The dog remains hospitalized. 

Nicholas was released on personal recognizance.

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