On March 3, 2000 The Woburn, MA courts found probable cause
to charge MichaelScalise of 4702 Poulliot Place, Wilmington,
MA, with two counts of cruelty. He was
arraigned on March 28, in Woburn District Court, where he pled not guilty.
He went to trial on April 26, 2000.
The Honorable Judge Phyllis J.
Broker requested a 50-state sweep to show if Scalise had other prior convictions
in any other state besides Massachusetts. The sweep found Scalise has criminal convictions
in Florida and Connecticut. The court documents revealed that Scalise
has had 3 jobs since the fall of 1999. Judge Broker was very concerned with
the violent methods Scalise used especially when his lawyer stated that this
was "just a cat".
On June 28, 2000 Scalise was sentenced to 30 days in the Billerica
House of Corrections, 30 days on an ankle bracelet, being allowed only to
go to work, and a fine of $1,000. He is also on probation for two years and
must perform 100 hours of community service.
On Sunday, February 6, at , the cat named RickyRicardo, snuck out the front door of his owner's
home as she came in. When he did not return after two days, flyers were put
up around the neighborhood.
On Wednesday, February 7, Officer StephenMauriello reported to the family that Ricky had been drowned by one of their neighbors.
DianeBegonis of the Animal Rescue League Law Enforcement
Office was also present to tell the family about the crime.
MichaelScalise purchased a trap, then set the trap in his
yard, trapped Ricky, and then took him to Martins Brook approximately
7 miles away, cut a hole in the ice and drown him. A woman passing by stopped
and called the police as she saw this murder take place. Officers arrived
on the scene to find MichaelScalise with his trap but too late to save Ricky. Officer Mauriello fell through the ice as he attempted to retrieve
the body of the cat. Fortunately he was uninjured and was able to get
the cat. An autopsy at the TuftsVeterinarianHospital was done at the request of Animal Cruelty
Investigating Officer Begonis. Scalise later returned the trap to Home Depot
to get his money back; knowing full well it was used in the commission of
Charges were brought against 39-year-old
Scalise by both the ARL (for animal cruelty) and by the Environmental Police
(for illegal trapping). Scalise has a record of aggravated assaults
in Florida from 1978-80 and an OUI in 1990 in Massachusetts.
At the April 26th court appearance,
Scalise changed his plea to guilty and is now charged with 2 counts of animal
cruelty. He was released on his own personal recognizance but not before Judge
PhyllisBroker, requested a 50 States leap (check for further
criminal acts). Scalises' sentencing hearing will be before Judge Broker on
DonnaAshton, the ADA for the case had requested a minimum of 6months-sentence
and community service, but now that Scalise has pleaded guilty, he may face
two years in jail, a fine. The maximum sentence for Animal Cruelty in the
State of Massachusetts is 5 years and a $5,000 fine.
The cat's owner read a victim's impact
statement in court that can be read by following the link below.