Barre man faces animal cruelty charges

WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. (WCAX) A Barre man faces eight counts of animal cruelty.

Police say earlier this month, they responded to Williamstown for reports of dogs loose but they say they found much more.

They say a large dog was violently attacking a smaller dog that was dead.

Troopers then found seven more living dogs that appeared to be living in unsanitary conditions without access to food or water.

They were sent to a vet, who found the dogs to be dehydrated and covered in urine and feces.

Police say Anthony Matarazzo was responsible for taking care of the dogs and will be in court later next month.