Animal cruelty charges against Marlborough man dropped in deal
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John Riggieri, the Marlborough man who was convicted of two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, is getting a clean slate in exchange for allowing the 50 dogs seized from his home to be adopted to other families.
Riggieri, 59, was set to go on trial in the Cheshire Superior Court this week as part of his effort to appeal the two misdemeanor convictions. Instead, he is agreeing to relinquish his rights to the animals and, in exchange, the Cheshire County Attorney’s Office is dropping the charges, according to the agreement filed in court on Friday.