Boston, MA – A Boston woman was arrested and charged for beating and kicking her service dog. The disturbing situation was captured on surveillance video and revealed that 27-year-old Jasmine Velasquez repeatedly hit her dog with her hands, feet, and a glass bottle.
In court, a prosecutor described the abuse:
“They [officers] were able to see Ms. Velasquez hit the dog with an open right hand one time, hit the dog with a glass bottle 11 times, and kick the dog three times. The dog was screaming when officers arrived.”
As reported by Boston 25 News, the abused dog is identified as Rocky, a 5-year-old Australian cattle dog; the extent of his injuries has not been released. Rocky is currently in the care of the Boston Animal Control.
Velasquez’s four-month-old child is in protective custody. Bail was set at $1,500; Velasquez is due in court in December for a pre-trial hearing.
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