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Peabody dog violation put bite on owner

Staff writer

Thirteen separate dog offenses have resulted in $1,760 in fines for a dog owner who has since left Peabody.

Eric J. Williams, 34, was fined in municipal court for five counts of having a dog at large, having an unvaccinated dog, being a habitual dog ordinance violator, harboring a vicious animal, having no dog tag, and having no water service in his residence.

The most recent of the offenses was April 22. He was convicted last week.

Police chief Bruce Burke said Williams had three dogs when he lived in Peabody for about a year and a half and the offenses spanned six to eight separate incidents.

Between 2006 and 2022, Williams also has been charged in district court with driving while his license was canceled or revoked five times; driving without a valid license; burglary; trespass three times; theft twice; possession of methamphetamine; fleeing an officer; possession of marijuana three times; possession of drug paraphernalia twice; driving without proof of insurance; transporting an open container of alcohol four times; running a stop sign; driving a car with invalid registration twice; disorderly conduct six times; consumption of liquor in a prohibited place; being a pedestrian under the influence three times; failing to wear a seatbelt; deprivation of a motor vehicle twice; criminal damage to property four times; domestic battery two times; aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer twice; criminal deprivation of property twice; driving under the influence three times; cruelty to an animal; assault; obstruction of legal process; possession of simulated controlled substances; and purchase of liquor by a minor three times.

His probation was revoked once.

He has been arrested 22 times since Dec. 21, 2017. Many of those arrests were for failure to appear in court.

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