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Massachusetts man allegedly beats own dog to death with rock



Chief Michael Lyle and the Melrose Police Department reports that a resident is facing an animal cruelty charge after allegedly killing his dog Friday night.

Adam Crook, 44, of Melrose, was arrested and charged with Cruelty to an Animal.

On Saturday, Nov. 23, Melrose Police responded to Mount Zion Road for a report of an incident of animal cruelty. Upon arrival, Melrose Police initiated an on-scene investigation and learned that a neighbor, later identified as Crook, allegedly dragged his dog from his home into his back yard on Friday night.

Through their investigation, Melrose Police determined that Crook, who is known to police, allegedly struck the dog in the head with a large rock multiple times once outside, killing it. Crook then allegedly retrieved a shovel from his home and subsequently buried the dog.

Melrose Police obtained and subsequently executed a search warrant to locate and exhume the dog from the grave.

“This suspect’s alleged actions are absolutely reprehensible and inexcusable,” Chief Lyle said. “I’m grateful for the excellent investigative work of Melrose Police Sgt. Brian Ladner, Detective Sgt. Paul McNamara, Officer Pamela Daye and Lt. Alan Borgal of the Animal Rescue League that resulted in this arrest.”

Melrose Police worked collaboratively on this investigation with federal law enforcement partners and the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Crook was arrested without incident today and subsequently released on his personal recognizance. He is expected to be arraigned Tuesday, Nov. 26, in Malden District Court.

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  1. Sandra greenhalgh

    November 24, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    He should receive the maximum sentence by law this animal abuse cruelty has to stop

  2. Nancy parry

    November 24, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Why was he released omg that’s ****** up

  3. June

    November 25, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    This sociopath needs to be jailed for the same length of time as the killer of Puppy Doe, if not longer. We all need to petition the law to actually do something to this vile scum. Released on his personal recognizance is a JOKE. Just goes to prove the courts do not care about animals.

  4. vidalia barbosa

    November 27, 2019 at 7:27 pm


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