UPDATE: New Bedford Resident Wanted on Animal cruelty Charge
By News Staff
NEW BEDFORD (WLNE) – New Bedford Police have a warrant for the arrest of a New Bedford man linked to a video of alleged animal cruelty.
Police say responding to 472 Cottage Street, the residence of 41-year-old Miguel A. Martinez, in response to reports of cruelty to an animal.
According to Police, an individual arrived at the Police Station claiming they had video evidence of Animal Cruelty, though he did not record it directly himself.
The individual shared the video with police, which shows Martinez allegedly committing acts of animal cruelty.
Police say they also received calls on the incident after the video was posted to social media.
An individual had driven to the residence on Cottage Street, stating she was going to confront the Martinez, parking in front of the driveway in order to prevent Martinez from leaving, police said.
Martinez was charged with animal cruelty in accordance with Massachusetts general laws Chapter 272, Section 77.
The department says the adult female dog and three puppies were seized and transported to Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment & Specialties (VETS) in Walpole.
According to Tufts, the adult female and three puppies appear to be uninjured, although radiology reports are pending.
The individual who recorded the video is not known at this time and police are requesting them to come forward.
The department says while recording a video can provide valuable evidence to police, calling 911 during a suspected crime as soon as possible is the best way to ensure police are able to respond and ensure the safety of everybody
*The story was updated after confirming with New Bedford Police that Miguel A. Martinez is currently wanted and has not been officially charged yet.
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