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Ludlow man charged with cruelty after beating Pomeranian with metal shears

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Ricardo M. Costa, 40, was arrested on Thursday evening at his home on Acorn Street in Ludlow, Mass., and charged with felony animal cruelty, after authorities found a severely injured one-year-old Pomeranian lying helpless in a snow field after it was allegedly beaten with metal shears for defecating in the house reports

The young dog named Scrunchy was rushed to the Boston Road Animal Hospital by the Ludlow Police Department after authorities were notified about the dog by a woman who had heard that Costa had killed the little black dog.

Costa allegedly admitted to authorities he had beaten the dog over the head five or six times with the metal shears because the puppy had defecated in its cage and no one had cleaned it up.

He then threw the dog in a snowbank near Red River State Park. Officer Shameklis and Detective Metcalfe found the bleeding little pooch and rushed him to the animal hospital.

Scrunchy is suffering from a fractured skull. There have been no updates on his condition, however a link to help with the little dog's medical treatment has been set up. If you would like to help, please click here at

If found guilty of felony animal cruelty defined as stated, Costa faces:

unnecessarily cruel or inhuman manner or in a way and manner which might endanger the animal carried thereon, or knowingly and willfully authorizes or permits it to be subjected to unnecessary torture, suffering or cruelty of any kind shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years or imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 21/2 years or by a fine of not more than $2,500, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Costa is scheduled to appear at the Palmer District Court on Friday.

Many prayers being sent for your recovery Scrunchy.

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