Salem Man Arraigned on Animal Cruelty Charges
Jason Gentry, 35, was arraigned today in Salem Superior Court on 12 counts of animal cruelty and one count of unlicensed operation of a dog kennel, in connection with an investigation which began in November 2014 when two puppies were found dead at a Sunoco Gas Station in Revere. Judge Timothy Feeley ordered the $1500 cash bail set in the District Court cases be transferred to the Superior Court.
In addition, Judge Feeley ordered that the defendant no have possession, custody, control, own or reside with any animals except for dogs that belong to the defendant’s girlfriend and children. Those dogs are an Old English Bulldog named Sabooboo and a Boerboel named Roman. (Subsequent to the defendant’s arraignment the Court amended the order to include a third dog, a German Shepard named Rex, that also belongs to the defendant’s girlfriend.) The defendant agreed to allow the Probation Department, the Salem Animal Control Officer, the Animal Rescue League or the MSPCA to inspect his home if the Commonwealth has reasonable suspicion of any violations of these conditions.
The defendant was also ordered to stay away from and have no contact with named witnesses in the case.
He must return to court on March 17, 2016 for a Pre-Trial Conference. He is represented by Attorney Ernest Stone and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.