Attorney Seeks Dismissal, Evidence Suppression in 'Quincy' Euthanasia Case

The attorney representing Elliott Saffran, the Massachusetts man accused of animal cruelty for refusing to euthanize Quincy, his aged, infirm horse, has filed motions to either dismiss the case against Saffran or suppress evidence pertinent to it.

According to Tim Connolly, spokesman for the Worcester County, Massachusetts District Attorney's Office, Saffran appeared in Uxbridge District Court Aug. 12, where attorney Kevin Hayden presented the motions.

"Judge Paul Losapio heard testimony in the case and said he would decide on both motions in the next few weeks," Connolly said. "Saffran will appear in court again on Sept. 9."

Connolly offered no further information on the case. But according to a report published in the Milford Daily News, Hayden 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 also argued that animal control authorities did not contact Saffran or obtain a search warrant prior to photographing and observing Quincy, the report said.

Hayden was unavailable to comment on the case.

Saffran was charged with animal cruelty in January after he refused to act on the advice of veterinarians to euthanize the 29-year-old mare, who suffered from multiple ailments, including crippling arthritis. Instead, Saffran agreed to relocate the horse to Fairfield Equine Associates veterinary hospital in Newtown, Conn., in April. Quincy remained under Fairfield's care until her death on Aug. 10.

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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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