A Chelmsford woman was in court late last week for charges that she failed to muzzle her dog and did not pay costs of caring for another dog, according to a report.
The Lowell Sun reported that Valerie Kopacz, 42, of 42 Bridge Street, was released on personal recognizance after she pled not guilty to disobeying a dog order to quarantine and violation of municipal law ordinance.
Police said that on March 12 a resident found a black lab wandering with no tags, so the canine was brought to the dog pound. The Lowell Sun reported that the Chelmsford Animal Hospital diagnosed the animal, belonging to Kopacz, as severely emaciated.
In addition, Kopacz's German shepherd had previously been designated as a "dangerous dog" by the Board of Selectmen after it bit a neighbor and attacked a dog, the Lowell Sun reported. But on February 17 the newspaper said that Kopacz was walking the dog through Chelmsford Center with no muzzle.
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