HINGHAM - The trial of a Hanover kennel owner accused of animal cruelty has been pushed back until at least next year.
David Ricardo, the 71-year- old owner of the now-closed Briarwood Kennel on Washing ton Street, had been expected to go to trial Monday but a judge instead scheduled a new hearing Dec. 5 so they consider motions related to evidence that would be presented at trial. A new tentative trial date has been scheduled for Jan. 31.
Ricardo was charged last year after a woman told police she’d gone to pick up her 3-year-old labradoodle, Ben, and found him weak and frail with dozens of bite marks and a gash across his throat. The dog died the following day, and Hanover officials suspended Ricardo’s kennel license.
Ricardo has been free while awaiting trial but has been prohibited from boarding or caring for animals other than his own.