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Massachusetts man accused of beating dog with pruning loppers

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According to Friday's WWLP News, a man in Ludlow, Mass., is behind bars for allegedly beating his small dog with pruning loppers and tossing the dog over a snow bank.

Authorities arrested 40-year-old Ricardo M. Costa on a felony animal cruelty charge; Costa is accused of attacking his young Pomeranian who had defecated inside of a kennel in the home.

Police were alerted to the crime on Thursday evening by a woman who had been told that Costa killed his dog. A responding officer found blood in the snow-covered bed of a truck in Costa's home on Acorn Lane.

Though the man initially denied hurting the dog, he later led the officer to the garage and showed him bloody pruning loppers which had been used to strike the dog multiple times.

Costa claimed that he had killed the one-year-old dog, but when officers were taken to the snow bank where the dog had been discarded, they discovered that the little dog was still alive.

The abused dog, named "Scrunchy," has a fractured skull and is being treated at the Boston Road Animal Hospital. Anyone hoping to contribute to Scrunchy's veterinary expenses can do so here.

Costa was held overnight and is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday morning.

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