Misdirected Call Leads Police to Severe Animal Neglect

The following information was supplied by the Tewksbury Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

It was a call that never should have come into the Tewksbury Police Department. But once it did, the TPD was involved in a case involving horrific animal neglect.

The call came in on Thursday, Oct. 4, around 1:20 p.m. The caller said he was calling from an apartment building in Lawrence at 51 Congress St. He said his girlfriend lived in the upstairs apartment but that he had come down to the downstairs apartment.

In that downstairs apartment, the man said he found two dogs dead on the floor. He said a third dog appeared to be very sick.

Tewksbury Police called their counterparts at the Lawrence PD to inform then of the situation. The LPD said they were sending Animal Control to the scene.


Jason Robles, 20, 72 Railroad St. Apt. 1, Lawrence, was arrested on Oct. 4 and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a plate violation and an outstanding warrant.

Noel Mejia Lappost, 31, 72 Railroad St. Apt. 1, Lawrence, was arrested on Oct. 4 on an outstanding warrant.

A 15-year-old male was arrested on Oct. 4 on a warrant after a domestic incident involving his mother at Motel 6.

Other incidents:

On Friday, Oct. 5, police received a call from an employee at the Lodge at Ames Pond, 1 Ames Hill Drive. The caller reported significant damage to the lawn, which appeared to have been torn up by a vehicle. The caller also reported there was a car parked near the building that appeared to be covered in dirt and grass. An officer responded to the scene and filed a report.

On Friday, Oct. 5, just after 11 a.m., police received a call from a woman at Always Plumbing and Heating on Woodland Drive. The woman reported that her vehicle had been vandalized. According to the police report, the vehicle may have been part of a landlord dispute.

On Thursday, Oct. 4, just before 9 p.m., a French Street resident reports that her mailbox had been vandalized.

For questions about this blotter, email williamg@patch.com.


Dirk Anderson October 06, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Ah, the Motel 6. The place to go when your trailer is foreclosed on.
kck October 06, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Mr. Anderson, shame on you. That's mean spirited. Some people are really struggling. Motel 6 might be their only refuge, and it appears there was a youth involved in the incident. The circumstances aren't disclosed, but on the face of it, a little compassion wouldn't be misplaced.
Lori October 06, 2012 at 03:04 PM
It mentions how there was severe animal abuse (two dogs dead and one very sick), and nothing is mentioned about an arrest for animal abuse and neglect. That is a crime punishable by imprisonment and/or fine. That, to me, is the most egregious crime. Much more than a plate violation or unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Bill Gilman (Editor) October 06, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Lori, Let me give a call over to the Lawrence PD and see what came of this. It was an accidental call to Tewksbury that involved the TPD but I'd be glad to follow with Lawrence and put my findings in the comments section here.
Nathan Jenkins October 06, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Hey DIRK ANDERSON...I myself live in a trailer @ the illerica tewksbury trailer park. I have a wife and a daughter and its really the only place we can afford. Your a stereotypical jerk. Im white and 25 and so is my wife. If you think trailerparks are for low lifes and losers your wrong. Some (not all) are hardworking americans that live here. You should change your name to "DICK" anderson. Atleast that's a real name, Dirk haha
Lori October 07, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Thanks Bill. I appreciate that if you have the time.


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