According to the Lincoln County Sherrif's Office, a Waldoboro man has been charged with animal cruelty after an investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Officer and Waldoboro Police Department.

On Thursday, Sept. 8, a resident of Wagner Bridge Road in Waldoboro called to report finding an apparent stray dog that was in very poor health. ACO Julie Groleau responded to the scene and found the dog, an older English Setter, which appeared thin, malnourished, with numerous open sores and much of its fur missing. The dog had no collar and the caller had no idea who the owner was.

The dog was taken to the Boothbay Animal Hospital and assessed by a veterinarian.

The doctor stated this was a case of prolonged neglect. The doctor advised due to the dog’s extreme condition, the most humane treatment was euthanasia. This procedure was done to prevent the dog from further suffering.

A few hours later, John Osier, age 49, of Wagner Bridge Road in Waldoboro, called in to report his dog missing.

After confirming this was the same dog, Osier was advised the dog had been euthanized. Osier admitted he was aware of the dog’s heath issues and that the dog had not been seen by a veterinarian in more than eight years.

Osier was later issued a criminal summons for animal cruelty and is pending a court appearance. Anyone having any further information on this investigation is asked to contact Groleau at 882-7332.