Massachusetts Euthanasia Case to Trial in February

A long-standing Massachusetts animal cruelty case drew closer to its resolution on Thursday when Worcester Central District Judge Thomas Sullivan slated the jury trial of Elliot Saffran for Feb. 5. Saffran, of Milford, Mass., is accused of animal cruelty for refusing to euthanize his aged and ailing mare, for Feb. 5.

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

The upcoming trial is the latest development in the high profile case which wound its way through numerous continuances and a dismissal attempt before Saffran requested a jury trial during a court appearance in October.

Worcester County District Attorney's Office Spokesman Tim Connolly said the case will likely be resolved on the date set for trial.

"Unless a case is very complicated, district court jury trials are a one day affair," he said

Saffran's attorney Kevin Hayden was unavailable for comment.

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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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