ASHLAND, Mass. (WHDH) -
Ashland police arrested a man this week accused of abusing a dog at the kennel where he worked.
Michael Edison, 23, is accused of beating a dog when it wouldn’t come inside the building during a rainstorm.
“It was repetitive kicking and body slamming. He was picking up the dog with all of his might and throwing him down,” Camp Canine owner Kim Cardiff said.
The incident was all recorded on webcams installed throughout the kennel.
The video is now in the hands of investigators who say the beating of the 1-year-old chocolate lab is the worst they’ve seen.
“We don’t see too many cases of animal cruelty in our town. This is probably the worst I’ve seen in my career,” Ashland Police Lt. Richard Briggs said.
No one answered the door at Edison’s Marlborough home, but when detectives showed him the video he reportedly said “Oh my, that looks bad” he also reportedly called his mom from the station and told her “it’s all true.”
Cardiff, who just bought the kennel a month ago, said after she saw the disturbing video she knew she had to call police.
“Dogs can’t speak for themselves. I have zero tolerance policy for touching an animal period. If somebody does that here they’re going to be fired,” she said.
Edison was released on bail but ordered to stay away from all domestic animals and surrender his passport.
The dog's owner says beyond a cut on his back leg and being a little more timid their puppy is back to normal.