On May 23, 2014, a Framingham man was in Framingham District Court answering to charges of animal cruelty. Nelson Perez, 24, was accused of beating his girlfriend's pit bull, Leo, when the dog went the bathroom inside the house, according to the MetroWest Daily News.
According to the prosecutor, Jennifer Lawrence, the dog had blood on his hind leg and a claw ripped out of one of his feet. Perez was arrested after the girlfriend's mother called police. He has been charged with animal cruelty.
In court, Lawrence stated Perez admitted to beating the dog but not ripping out the claw. Defense attorney Alan Finkel stated that the police report was a “work of fiction,” according to the MetroWest Daily News.
The defense only admitted to the dog going the bathroom inside but said the rest of the report was made up. Finkel claimed that Perez did not speak with police, nor did he admit to doing anything to the dog. Defense also claimed Perez never received his Miranda rights.
Further, Finkel stated that had Perez actually hurt the dog, since Leo is a pit bull, he “would have turned on him.”
Perez is being held on $1,000 bail, ordered to not have any contact with domesticated animals and to stay at least five yards away from them as well. His pretrial conference is scheduled for June 19.
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