A man is facing animal cruelty charges after intentionally leaving his 50-lb pit bull mix, Killer, on a secluded beach at the “mercy of the next high tide.”
Massachusetts State Police shared on Facebook that the dog was discovered chained to a steel rod on Short Beach in Revere, MA. They noted there was “a large rock attached to the chain to prevent the dog from escaping.”
The dog was chained in a secluded area that becomes completely submerged in water during high tide, which was just a few hours away when the dog was discovered.
The department wrote in their Facebook post, “Had the dog not been found, he could have become submerged when the tide came in… During certain parts of the day this portion of the beach is completely submerged, with the tide rising as high as street level, past the point where the dog was chained. The dog was at risk drowning in a couple of hours if he hadn’t been found.”
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Thankfully, the dog was found and rescued in time and is now residing at Ocean View Kennels with a new name: Carmelo.
Upon further investigation, police were able to identify Killer’s owner, 27-year-old Elias Pacheo-Osario. After speaking with him, they learned that he decided he couldn’t keep the dog and had intentionally abandoned him on the beach. Pacheo-Osario was charged with animal cruelty and booked in jail.
According to CBS Boston, Pacheo-Osario said after his arraignment that he was sorry. He explained to reporters that he got the dog from a friend six months ago and couldn’t find a shelter to take him. He said he was having issues with the dog and didn’t know what to do. “I’m sorry,” he said.
Pacheo-Osario is due back in court in November for a hearing.
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Lisa Cutting, the owner of Ocean View Kennels, has started a GoFundMe to cover the costs of Carmello’s care, and to support the other dogs left in her care for various reasons.
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