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Ludlow man indicted for animal cruelty after beating dog with pruning shears

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Ricardo Costa, 40, was indicted in a Ludlow, Mass. courtroom on Monday for animal cruelty after beating his Pomeranian puppy with a pair of three-foot long pruning shears over the head for defecating in the house reported Channel3Springfield News.

Costa was also indicted for one count of killing, maiming, or poisoning an animal.

During the first week of February, Costa was arrested at his home on Acorn Street after authorities found the helpless, severely beaten, and bleeding tiny dog named Scrunchy lying in a snow field.

Read the full story about Scrunchy by clicking here.

Ludlow Police Officers rushed the dog to the Boston Road Animal Hospital in Springfield; veterinarians were not even sure the pooch would survive.

With the generosity of animal lovers and humane advocates, was able to raise more than $10,000 to pay for the tiny dog's medical expenses. All extra money will be used for the next animal in need.

And of course, there is more to the story and a genuinely heartwarming and fairytale ending for Scrunchy who is now named Jameson. The adorable little pooch was adopted by one of his rescuers.

The Patriot Ledger reports Jameson's new human companion is Officer Alison Metcalfe, one of the Ludlow Police Officers along with Patrolmen Brian Shameklis, Michael Whitney, and Joseph Chelo who wrapped up the injured puppy in a sweatshirt that horrible night and rushed him to the hospital just in time.

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