Court Dismisses Charges Against Man in Frozen Dogs Case

By: AP
By: AP

GIRARD, Kan. (AP) _ Animal cruelty charges have been dropped against a man accused of starving his ex-wife's dogs and keeping their bodies in a freezer.

Andrew Romanzi, of rural Pittsburg, had faced four misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. But a Crawford County judge dismissed the case, because Romanzi's right to a speedy trial was violated.

Romanzi's trial didn't start within 180 days of his first court appearance.

County Attorney John Gutierrez says the situation was a ``miscalculation'' on his and the court's part.

Sheriff's deputies found the four dogs found last July. One was still alive. All the animals were 10 to 35 pounds underweight.

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