The case of a Conception Bay South man facing almost two dozen charges, including more than a dozen in relation to animal cruelty against seven pit bulls, was set over until later this month.
Rhonda Brophy, with her dog Ruby Rose, and Bill Dicks, with his dog Willa, talk with reporters in the hallway at provincial court in St. John’s on June 19. The animals were two of seven pit bulls at the centre of the animal cruelty case in Conception Bay South involving Ross A. Martin who was charged and had his case called in court June 19. — File photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram
When Ross A. Martin’s case was called in provincial court in St. John’s this morning, the 35-year-old wasn’t there. He was represented by his lawyer, Randy Piercey.
Piercey told Judge Pamela Goulding he was waiting on police evidence. Crown prosecutor William Cadigan then handed Piercey the evidence package and Piercey noted he needed time to review the file.
The case is scheduled to be back in court Sept. 23.
Martin is charged with seven counts each of animal cruelty and unlawfully causing an animal suffering.
The dogs were seized from an abandoned property in Upper Gullies in December 2013 after residents reported hearing yelps. The dogs were taken to an animal hospital for treatment.
Each time Martin’s case has been called in court, some of the pit bulls — including those that reportedly involved in the animal cruelty case — have waited with their owners outside the courtroom at Atlantic Place. One of them was there again today — Willa, with owner Bill Dicks.
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Willa was one of the dog reportedly mistreated by Martin. The dog had been severely underweight when seized from the property, but is now healthy.
Meanwhile, Martin faces nine more charges, including break and enter, assaulting a peace officer and uttering threats in St. John’s, as well as drug and weapons charges from Harbour Grace, both stemming from incidents earlier this year.
When Martin’s case was called in August, an arrest warrant had been issued for him May 21 in relation to unrelated charges. However, that issue has since been settled and Martin located.
He’s represented by defence lawyer John Drover for those charges.