Farifield Man Pleads Not Guilty in Dog’s Death 

A Fairfield man charged with causing the death of his dog by dragging it along the road during extreme heat has been released on $1,000 bail. James Wiggins pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Skowhegan District Court to a charge of animal cruelty. The 43-year-old Wiggins was arrested July 14 after Fairfield police received multiple reports of a walking man dragging a dog along a on a hot and humid day. Some witnesses say the man appeared intoxicated. The dog, a 4-year-old mixed breed, was taken to Kennebec Veterinary Service in Oakland, where it later died of hyperthermia and complications related to heat exhaustion. The Morning Sentinel, reports that Wiggins refused comment outside court.