New trial date for Marlborough animal abuse case

  • court/crime Jason Morrison

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 4:24PM

The criminal trial of a Marlborough man accused of neglecting more than 50 dogs has been delayed to the end of the month.

John Riggieri, 58, was due to face trial on Monday but the trial will now begin on Oct. 29, court documents say. 

The trial was delayed after Riggieri filed a motion to continue and extend filing deadlines on Sept. 21. Until recently, Riggieri represented himself in court.  

In the document, Riggieri said he has obtained legal counsel who needs more time to fully review the case. Riggieri is now represented by Keith Matthews. 

Riggieri has been charged with ten misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.

It has been alleged that Riggieri kept 52 Labrador Retrievers in unsanitary and unsafe living conditions, including a litter of puppies kept in a bathtub with their own feces.

The animals were taken from Riggieri’s home on Shaker Farm Road South in Marlborough on July 10 during an eviction. 

The dogs were taken to the Monadnock Humane Society in Swanzey. Some of the dogs have been placed into foster homes while the criminal case proceeds. 

Riggieri was arrested on Aug. 3 and pleaded not guilty in the Keene district court on Aug. 7. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.