DA: Framingham Man Tortured, Killed Dog
A District Court judge ordered the Framingham man held on $20,000 cash bail; there is also an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer on him.
A Framingham man was arraigned Monday on animal abuse charges after allegedly killing his dog and disposing of it in a Dumpster, said Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone.
“This defendant is alleged to have inflicted extreme cruelty to a helpless animal by striking his own dog, torturing and killing the dog, and then disposing of her in a Dumpster,” Leone said in a press release. “This behavior demonstrates a disturbing and very concerning disregard for life.”
Framingham District Court Judge Douglas Stoddart ordered the defendant held on $20,000 cash bail with the condition that he have no contact with domesticated animals. A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer has also been lodged against the defendant.
Coelho is scheduled to be back in court on Feb. 7 for a pretrial conference.
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According to authorities, on Friday, Jan. 4, at approximately 12:16 p.m., Framingham Police responded to a Dumpster behind an apartment complex at 126 Beaver St. Inside the dumpster, they found a deceased dog lying on top of a plastic pet carrying case.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Coelho told police the dog had urinated on his bed. Upset, Coelho told police he threw the dog and it hit a wall. The dog had a large lump on its head and was bleeding after hitting the wall. Coelho told police he gave the dog some Motrin.
Not wanting the dog to get on his bed again, Coelho told police he hog-tied the dog so he couldn't jump on anything, said Brandolini. The dog seemed to be acting strangely, so Coehlo gave the dog more medication and put him in a drawer overnight. The next morning, the dog was dead, explained Brandolini.
Police said Coelho had the dog for about a year, but the dog had never been to a veterinarian. It is unknown if the dog was licensed.
The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Melissa Baima.