24-year-old man buries his ex-girlfriend's 18-year-old dog alive just because it didn't get along with his new kitten

24-year-old RIchard Piquard buried Chico, a Shih Tzu that had been in the family for decades, alive because he got a new kitten

24-year-old man buries his ex-girlfriend's 18-year-old dog alive just because it didn't get along with his new kitten

A Massachusetts man was arrested on charges of animal cruelty after it was discovered that he had buried an 18-year-old dog alive after it did not get along with his new kitten. Twenty-four-year-old Richard Piquard, a resident of Whitinsville, buried the Shih Tzu named Chico behind his home and then apparently bragged about it to a friend.

Piquard had reportedly been the caretaker of the dog for 18 months after his former girlfriend could no longer take care of it in her apartment. But at 6 am on Sunday, he sent her pictures of his new kitten to a mutual friend, Kaylee Belanger, and explained he had to get rid of the dog, revealing he had buried Chico behind his house.

24-year-old Richard Piquard was charged with one count of animal cruelty (Source: Northbridge Police Department)
24-year-old Richard Piquard was charged with one count of animal cruelty (Source: Northbridge Police Department)

Belanger took to Facebook to post about the horrifying incident in excruciating detail, writing how the dog had been in the family for over a decade before this past week's events. After his ex told him she could only take Chico back in a few weeks and not immediately, Piquard reportedly had a fight with her and her mother and then proceeded to take drastic action.

The 24-year-old informed his ex-girlfriend that Chico had "passed away" but then sent her in the wrong direction when she requested if she could cremate him. Suspicious, Belanger found fresh dirt in a wooded area behind the house, dug it up, and found Chico still breathing.

"In this area of fresh dirt, there was, in fact, a stone to the description of the one he explained. But underneath this stone was nothing but rocks," she wrote. "So we began to look around again in the area near the dirt. And while walking around my fiancé heard a noise. He then noticed a small patch of fresh dirt under some brush from the woods. So we began digging with a stick only to hit a rock."

She continued, "Hesitantly, I continued to move the dirt when we noticed fur. We uncovered a portion of Chico’s head. Only to realize that the rock was on top of him. I lifted the rock and there he was." She described how the dog "yelped in pain" when they removed him from the hole and that he felt "flat like a pancake from the rock weighing him down in the hole."

The Shih Tzu was rushed to the hospital and was suspected to have suffered a dislocated disk in his neck. Belanger says he was evaluated to be "malnourished, dehydrated, in shock with hypothermia as well as anemia due to the infection of fleas on him." Despite an initial hope that he would make it, his injuries proved too severe, and he was euthanized. A GoFundMe was set up in his name to raise money to pay for his ashes.

Piquard was charged with one count of animal cruelty but was released after posting a $1,000 bond. A police report states he thought the dog was dead when he buried it. He ignored reporters who requested comment from outside the courthouse and is due back in court on October 26.