New Bedford man wanted on animal cruelty charge; 4 dogs removed from home

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A still from a video posted to social media of a man hitting a dog with a pipe. (Courtesy of Odie’s Place Animal Rescue)

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Police have a warrant out for the arrest of a New Bedford man after footage of alleged animal cruelty circulated on social media.

Miguel A. Martinez, 41, is wanted on an animal cruelty charge.

Police say the video shows a person—allegedly Martinez—committing an act of animal cruelty. An animal rescue organization that posted the video told Eyewitness News it appears to show a man beating a dog with a pipe.

Officers responded to his Cottage Street home on Wednesday and removed an adult female dog and three puppies, according to police. They said the dogs appeared to be unhurt and were taken to Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment & Specialties (VETS) in Walpole.

Police said they were notified of the video on Wednesday through calls and a person who stopped by the station. They also said there was no date or time stamp on the video and it’s unclear at this time who recorded it.

Anyone with information on who recorded the video or Martinez’s whereabouts is asked to call New Bedford detectives at (508) 991-6300 ext. 79519.

Police also urged residents to call 911 in the event of any emergency, including animal cruelty as it’s happening. While recorded video can help, calling 911 is the best way for police to be able to respond in real-time and ensure public safety.

This story was updated to show Martinez is wanted but not yet charged after Eyewitness News received clarification from police.

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