Two Vermonters face charges after dog found starved to death

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Two Vermonters have been cited into court on charges of aggravated animal cruelty.

Swanton police say Kevin Cosgrove, 26, and Brittany Weston, 24, both of Swanton, are scheduled to appear in court next month in connection to the death of their dog.

Police say they were called to a Depot Street apartment on March 7 after receiving a report that a dog had been starved to death.

Investigators say police and a town health officer contacted Cosgrove and Weston—who allowed them to enter the apartment. Investigators say once inside, they found the dog had been starved and was killed by having its skull cracked open with a sharp object.

Police say there is also evidence that the dog had been eating a foam mattress to stay alive.

Police say Cosgrove and Weston said the dog had drowned in recent flooding in Swanton, but investigators say there is no evidence to support that claim.

Both are cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court in St. Albans April 23.

It’s unclear if they have attorneys.

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