Animal Cruelty Complaint Leads to Palermo Man’s Arrest

Steven Burdick, at the Maxwell trial in 2009.
Steven Burdick, at the Maxwell trial in 2009.

The Palermo man who became an everyday presence at the child endangerment trial of Erin Maxwell has been charged with endangering his own child and a family pet.

State Police report that a person called to say that Steven D. Burdick, 45, of 4102 Route 3, Palermo, had a dog tied up in his front yard that had been hit by a vehicle the night before.

Police allege that Burdick had left the dog under the tree for 22 hours without medical care.

When he was told he was going to be arrested for animal cruelty, Troopers allege that Burdick picked up his three year old son and tried to run away from police.

He was caught quickly and the child was not hurt, police said.

Burdick was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and resisting arrest.  He was ticketed and is scheduled to appear in Palermo Town Court on October 24.

The German Shepherd was taken to Fruit Valley Veterinary Clinic in Oswego and was found to have suffered a broken pelvis.  The dog is expected to survive, police say.

Burdick was a steady presence at the trial of Lynn and Lindsay Maxwell, accused of neglect in the death of Lindsay’s daughter Erin.  Burdick held signs behind the TV reporters’ live reports that campaigned for the dismissal of the county Social Services Commissioner, but he clashed with other courtroom regulars who held the same position.

Last November, police alleged Burdick used his toddler to try to fend off a Trooper at a traffic stop.  Burdick said he was just trying to put the child into his seat.  He was charged with endangering his child, but a jury found him not guilty of that charge.  Burdick was found guilty of several traffic charges and obstructing governmental administration.

At last word, he was scheduled to be sentenced on those charges next week, but his lawyer had planned to appeal the convictions.