By MyFM's Rick Michaels - A Whitinsville man who is accused of burying a dog alive is facing one count of animal cruelty. Richard Piquard went before a judge yesterday in Uxbridge District Court and was released on one thousand dollars bail. The 24-year old Piquard is also to undergo a mental health evaluation and was ordered by the court, not to have any pets under his care. Piquard is alleged to have buried the dog alive because he didn’t want to care for it and he had a new cat and they weren’t getting along. The Shih Tzu was his former girlfriend’s dog she couldn’t bring the dog to her new apartment, so Piquard was caring for it messaging that the dog had died. A charge of animal cruelty if convicted could result in up to seven years in prison and or a fine of up to five thousand dollars. Piquard’s next court appearance is set for October 26th.