Jury Trial for Massachusetts Euthanasia Case

Elliot Saffran, the Milford, Mass., man accused of animal cruelty for refusing to euthanize his mare, appeared in Uxbridge District Court on Oct. 14 and requested that his case be transferred to another court for trial before a jury.

"He will appear in Worcester Central District Court on Dec. 4 when a judge will set a trial date," said Tim Connolly, spokesman for the Worcester County District Attorney's Office.

Saffran was charged with animal cruelty last January after he refused to act on veterinarians' advice to euthanize the then 29-year-old mare, which suffered from myriad ailments including crippling arthritis. Instead, Saffran agreed to relocate the horse to Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn., in April. Quincy died from natural causes on Aug. 10.

Afterward, attorney Kevin Hayden unsuccessfully sought the case's dismissal on grounds that charges against Saffran should have been dropped when he agreed to move Quincy to an equine hospital.

Hayden was unavailable to comment on the case.

The change of venue to Worcester Central District Court became necessary when Saffran opted for a jury trial, as Uxbridge District Court does not conduct jury trials, according to Connolly.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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