REVERE, Mass. (WPRI) ─ A Saugus woman is accused of beating her dog on a crowded beach in Revere over the weekend, according to the Massachusetts State Police.
Police said they received reports of a Chihuahua mix in distress in the area of Shirley Avenue Bathhouse Sunday afternoon.
Upon arrival, police said troopers found the dog in “severe medical distress” and were unable to save it.
Police said the dog’s co-owner, a 57-year-old woman, told troopers she had taken the dog into the water to swim when he “suddenly became stricken and apparently drowned.”
Once the woman left with the dog’s body, police said several beachgoers told the troopers they saw her abusing the dog before he died.
Based on what troopers were told by witnesses, the woman is being summonsed for various animal cruelty charges. She is not in custody at this time since she left the beach before troopers spoke with the witnesses.
Police said they were able to retrieve the dog’s body from the dog’s other co-owner, a Chelsea man, on Monday morning to determine the dog’s cause of death.