FAIRFIELD — A jury trial got underway Tuesday for a Fairfield man who faces an animal abuse charge for allegedly drowning his dad’s dog in the Fairfield Civic Center pond.
Bryan A. Cavanah, 21, has pleaded not guilty to the felony charge.
Witnesses told police they thought Cavanah was playing with the pit bull terrier in the water on the morning of Aug. 11, 2013, until they said he held the dog under the water and it drowned.
Cavanah’s father previously said his son suffers from epilepsy and sometimes has trance-like seizures. He said he believes the dog drowning was accidental.
Among the dozens of potential jurors was Fairfield Mayor Harry Price, who watched the proceedings and answered questions before being removed as a possible juror late in the afternoon. Price’s City Hall office overlooks the pond.
The trial is scheduled to resume Wednesday morning.
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