State Police report arresting a man they say decided he could no longer keep his dog, but rather than go to a shelter, chained the dog to "an exposed steel rod at the edge of a beach, with a large rock attached to the chain to prevent the dog from escaping, and then walked away, leaving the dog to the mercy of the next high tide."
Fortunately for the dog, named Killer, State Police say, a Revere police officer and local kennel officer were able to free the male pit bull mix on Short Beach, around noon on Aug. 29.
The approximately 50-pound dog had a thick metal chain around his neck with a heavy rock attached to it, preventing the dog from escaping. The dog was left in a secluded portion of the beach close to the waterline, chained to the piece of rebar exposed at the bottom of the walkway where it meets the sand at the high tide line. During certain parts of the day this portion of the beach is completely submerged, with the tide rising as high as street level, past the point where the dog was chained. The dog was at risk drowning in a couple of hours if he hadn’t been found.
State Police report troopers and Revere officers on Friday arrested Elias Pacheco-Osario, 27, of Revere, after an investigation that included one trooper, Carlo Mastromattei, who worked on the case even in his off hours to find the alleged would-be dog killer.
Officers found Pacheco-Osario at his home on Roughan Street, not far from Short Beach.
During the interview the Trooper and Officer were able to confirm that Pacheco-Osario had been the dog’s owner and had walked to the beach the previous Sunday, tied him to the steel rod, and walked away, abandoning him. The suspect said he had decided he could not keep the dog any longer.
He was charged with animal cruelty and face arraignment in Chelsea District Court.