A young Pit Bull chained to the beach in Revere, Massachusetts left dog lovers horrified. Not only did his human abandoned him, but he was at risk of drowning during the high tide. Animal rescue advocates rushed to save the confused canine. Then, police worked hard to discover who had left the innocent dog to die.
After a thorough investigation, the person responsible has been located and questioned. While that individual claims they had their reasons for doing this, officials are not convinced. There’s no good excuse for leaving a dog to drown, no matter the circumstances.
An Unfair Fate
The 50-pound dog known as “Killer” was left chained to a metal pole on the beach. The suspect also attached a heavy rock to the chain to make escape impossible. This innocent Pit Bull was found in a secluded area of the beach, close to the water.
If no one found the pup in time, he would’ve drowned. High tides can cover the entire beach, and the dog had no way of escaping.
“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,” police said. “The dog was at risk of drowning in a couple of hours if he hadn’t been found.”
Luckily, the police rescued the dog before it came down to that. The dog is now being cared for at Ocean View Kennel. Not long after his rescue, police identified a man named Elias Pacheco-Osario as the suspect.
Suspect Defends Himself
Pacheco-Osario lives in an apartment not far from the beach. Video surveillance showed him walking to the beach with the dog and the metal chain. When asked about it, he admitted to doing it, but he claims he had no other options.
He said his landlord didn’t want the dog there, his wife was pregnant, and the dog didn’t get along with their cat. So, that’s why he didn’t want to care for the poor pup anymore.
“I did it because my mind was overwhelmed and I didn’t know what to do,” said Pacheco-Osario. “I can’t deal with this anymore, I don’t know what to do so I sent emails, called the shelter. They didn’t answer to see if I can leave the dog there… and that’s why took my decision of leaving it there and I left it with food, and I know I did wrong.”
It’s okay to re-home a dog if your family isn’t the right fit, but it’s not okay to abandon a dog in any scenario. By leaving the Pit Bull chained up, Pacheco-Osario neglected the dog and left him at risk of death.
Pacheco-Osario was arrested for animal cruelty. He will be arraigned in the Chelsea District Court. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.