Crawford Co. to Appeal Animal Cruelty Case's Dismissal

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) The Crawford County Attorney plans to appeal the dismissal of charges against a man accused of starving three bulldogs found in his freezer.

A spokesman for the county attorney's office said it would appeal, pending the outcome of a hearing. District court dropped four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after the case didn't go to trial within the required 180 days of first appearance.

The charges stemmed from the July 31, 2007, discovery of three English Bulldogs in Andrew Romanzi's freezer at his Pittsburg-area home.

Romanzi had been court-ordered to return four bulldogs to his ex-wife. When deputies came to Romanzi's home to get the animals, they said he removed three dogs' carcasses from a freezer.

A fourth bulldog that Romanzi returned to the previous owner was 10 pounds underweight.

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