FAIRHAVEN (CBS) – A Fairhaven man is charged with animal cruelty and facing accusations that he burned his dog with a hot poker.
Paulo Raposo, 45, is expected to be arraigned in court on August 9 on charges of cruelty to animals. Police said officers responded to Morton Street on June 18 for a report that Raposo was abusing his Portuguese Water Dog named Bella.READ MORE: Large Search Underway Near Newburyport Boat Club For Missing Man Kevin Mahoney
“It was reported to police that RAPOSO frequently kicked and dragged the dog,” Fairhaven police said in a statement. “He also allegedly burned the dog with a hot poker.”READ MORE: Trial For Man Charged With Killing Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon Set To Begin
An officer removed the dog from the home “after observing signs of abuse,” police said.MORE NEWS: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
A veterinarian determined that the dog had been deliberately burned. Police said the dog is now safe and in the custody of the town.