LOWELL -- A Dracut woman who was supposed to be caring for her 90-year-old grandfather's German shepherd has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty after the dog and two cats were found living in a feces filled basement without food or water.

In Lowell District Court on Friday, Corianna Lucier, whose address is listed as 135 Mary Theresa Terrace, Dracut, was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to one count of animal cruelty.

In a report filed in court, Dracut Animal Control Officer Virginia Courtenay wrote that when she went to the grandfather's 1034 Mammoth Road home last February, the basement floor was covered from one end to the other with feces.

Living there were two cats and a 14-year-old male German shepherd, Skylar, whose ears were covered with "thick black crusty matter," Courtenay wrote.

Police were notified about the animals by the 90-year-old disabled homeowner, who dialed 911 on Feb. 26 because he wanted his 25-year-old granddaughter, Corrianne Lucier, removed from his house.

Police Officer Wren Maddox wrote in her report that police had been to the home last month on an issue relating to allegations of elder abuse. Lucier was removed from the home, but only charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

The homeowner told police the dog and two cats in the basement had not been fed or given water by his granddaughter in days. The dog was so weak he had to be helped up the basement stairs, Courtenay wrote. Once outside he began eating snow.

Courtenay took custody of all three animals, which were taken to Wignall Animal Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Skylar was treated for a severe infection in both ears and an ulcer on his right leg that was down to the bone, court documents state. The dog was thin, but not underweight, according to reports.

Lucier's next court date is June 20 for a pretrial conference.

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