UPDATE: Bail set at $1,000, judge barred Webb from having anything to do with animals while case is pending, Coco in care of Boston Animal Control, per Suffolk County DA's office.
A man already charged once with attacking his dog - and facing charges of attacking people with whom he was living in Natick - was arrested at the Ashmont Red Line station yesterday for allegedly beating the dog with a leash.
Transit Police report arresting Michael Webb, 26, around 6:45 p.m. on a charge of animal cruelty after somebody called 911:
Witnesses informed the officers while on the southbound platform Webb used his dog's leash and began to viciously whip and beat the animal about its body.
Police say the initial two officers who responded had to radio for help because Webb is 6'7" and approximately 300 lbs. and "suggested the officers needed more than two officers to take him."
Police say a Boston animal-control officer also responded and took the dog, named Coco, to the city animal shelter in Roslindale.
Last summer, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office charged Webb with animal cruelty for abusing Coco. According to the DA's office:
On Sept. 20, prosecutors in the Boston Municipal Court recommended a guilty finding and sought one year in the house of correction, with that term suspended for two years during which he would undergo an anger management program and not abuse Coco. Judge Michael Coyne continued the case without a finding for six months, ordering no abuse of Coco or any other animal.
The ruling meant that if Webb stayed out of trouble for six months, the charge would be dismissed.
But about two months later, Natick Police reported arrested Webb on assault-and-battery charges after he allegedly attacked a man and woman who'd been letting him stay in their home. Police said they had to use a taser on Webb when he tried to attack officers during booking. A judge in Natick initially ordered held without bail because of the Boston case.