MALDEN, Mass. (WHDH) — A man accused of beating his girlfriend’s dog to death in Everett faced an animal cruelty charge in Malden District Court Tuesday.
Steven Severino, 31, beat the small dog Monday, breaking its jaw and causing other injuries, according to Everett police.
Prosecutors say several neighbors heard the dog yelping as well as the sound of what they believed was the dog getting thrown against a structure.
Severino posted $150 cash bail and was ordered not to interact with animals without supervision.
An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the dog’s cause of death.
Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria issued the following statement on Severino’s arrest:
“I am shocked and saddened by the death of this animal. We all know that dogs love us unconditionally and are the truest of friends. Behavior like this will not be tolerated in this city and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”