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Camp Canine Employee Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges

The owner of the Route 126 kennel in Ashland, Kimberly Cardiff, spoke about the video footage of the abuse, calling it "horrific."

Ashland police arrested Michael Edison, 23, of Marlborough, who allegedly became angry with the dog named Dexter because he didn't want to come out of the pen at Camp Canine. Courtesy: Ashland Police
Ashland police arrested Michael Edison, 23, of Marlborough, who allegedly became angry with the dog named Dexter because he didn't want to come out of the pen at Camp Canine. Courtesy: Ashland Police

After an attack captured on the business's webcam, a Marlborough man has been charged with animal cruelty after repeatedly beating a one-year-old chocolate lab at the Ashland kennel at which he works, reported WCVB. 

Ashland police arrested Michael Edison, 23, of Marlborough, who allegedly became angry with the dog named Dexter because he didn't want to come out of the pen at Camp Canine. 

Owner of the kennel, Kimberly Cardiff, spoke about the video footage, calling it "horrific," said WCVB. Edison had worked at the kennel for more than two years. The video footage shows Edison hitting Dexter with a rake and dragging him by his collar to the kennel, eventually kicking him. 

Edison's lawyer argued not to raise his bail, as he had never had issues before, and also alluded that Edison has Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD. 

Sharon Burkett May 07, 2014 at 11:40 AM
No excuse -- someone who hurts animals is the lowest of the low.
TC May 07, 2014 at 02:10 PM
This is a very sad story, and Asperger's or not, he deserves to be punished for this horrible crime. Hopefully, this will not reflect poorly on Camp Canine as a whole. We have boarded our dog for many years there and have had nothing but positive experiences. Our dog LOVES to go there and have found their staff to be well-trained and highly professional.

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