A Ludlow man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty Thursday night in connection with the beating of his pet dog and then dumping the body in a snow-covered field near Red Bridge State Park, police said.
The dog, a year-old Pomeranian, was found alive hours later and rushed to the Boston Road Animal Hospital in Springfield, aided by police Sgt. Daniel Valadas. Its condition was not known late Thursday, but the injuries are considered extensive, he said.
Both the 31 Acorn St. residence where the dog was beaten and the snowbank where the dog was found each had signs of "a lot of blood and hair," he said.
Arrested was Ricardo M. Costa, 40, of 31 Acorn St., Valadas said. He is charged with felony cruelty or maiming of an animal.
A press conference regarding the alleged crime is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at the Ludlow Police Department.
Valadas said according to the initial investigation, Costa beat the dog with a large pair of metal shears because he was angered to find it had defecated inside the house and no one else had cleaned it up.
Police learned of the incident at about 7 p.m. when someone called the station to report that they heard of the beating from a friend of a friend, Valadas said.
Officers interviewed Costa at his home, and he voluntarily brought them to the field on Red Bridge where he had disposed of its body at around 9 p.m. It was not until then that officers found the dog was still alive.
The state law regarding cruelty to animals states anyone who cruelly beats, mutilates or kills an animal may be punished by up to five years in state prison, two and a half years in a county jail or a fine of $2,500. The law specifies that it makes no difference if the person accused of cruelty owns the animal or not.
Costa was in custody at the Ludlow Police Station Thursday night. He was issued a $2,500 bail and scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Palmer District Court.
Copyright 2014 WSHM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.