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Massachusetts man sentenced to probation after admitting he abandoned his tied-up dog in remote part of beach at water line



Elias Pacheco-Osario's dog courtesy of Massachusetts State Police

A Massachusetts man arrested by the Massachusetts State Police for animal cruelty has been sentenced.

29-year-old Elias Pacheco-Osario of Revere plead guilty to animal cruelty by custodian and one count of dog tethering/confining violation.

According to Massachusetts State Police, Pacheco-Osario chained his dog to an exposed steel rod at the edge of a beach, with a large rock attached to the chain to prevent the dog from escaping, and then walked away, leaving the dog to the mercy of the next high tide.

At about 12:15 p.m. Sunday, August 29, 2021, Massachusetts State Trooper Mastromattei was dispatched to Winthrop Parkway for a report of an abandoned dog tied to a pole along the shoreline on Short Beach in Revere. Also assisting on scene was Revere Police Sgt. Jack Dean.

MP stated that the approximately 50-pound dog had a thick metal chain around his neck with a heavy rock attached to it, preventing the dog from escaping. The dog was left in a secluded portion of the beach close to the waterline, chained to the piece of rebar exposed at the bottom of the walkway where it meets the sand at the high tide line. 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. The dog was at risk drowning in a couple of hours if he hadn’t been found.

Trooper Mastromattei subsequently obtained information that the suspect was a Hispanic male with facial hair who may live at an apartment at 35 Roughan Street, an area not far from Short Beach.

The next day Trooper Mastromattei and Trooper Pasquale Zollo canvassed the area around the beach for residential video surveillance and located video from three separate residences showing a male suspect walking the dog toward Short Beach. A fourth video obtained by Revere Police Detective David Caramanica showed the same man walk down the beach ramp to the sand with the dog. All four videos show a metal chain collar and leash attached to the dog consistent with those found attached to the dog on scene.

On the morning of Friday, Sept. 3, Troopers Mastromattei, John Skabeikis, and Christopher Kane went to Roughan Street in furtherance of the investigation. There, they developed information that the suspect, who indeed lived there, was Elias Pacheco-Osario and that he was working at construction site in Wakefield. They also learned that the dog had been named “Killer.”

Trooper Mastromattei went to the job site and located Pacheco-Osario, who consented to be brought to the Revere Barracks to be interviewed. Upon arrival at the Revere Barracks, Pacheco-Osario was issued Miranda rights in Spanish and volunteered to speak to Trooper Mastromattei and Revere Police Officer Joel Melendez. During the interview, the Trooper and Officer were able to confirm that Pacheco-Osario had been the dog’s owner and had walked to the beach the previous Sunday, tied him to the steel rod, and walked away, abandoning him. The suspect said he had decided he could not keep the dog any longer.

According to Bpston 25 News, Pacheco-Osario was sentenced to one year in jail which was suspended for two years with the condition he pay restitution, complete the Benchmark Animal Rehabilitative Curriculum program and not own any animals.

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  1. Shea

    March 23, 2023 at 6:10 pm

    Probation is not punishment enough for animal cruelty. These people need to be given a year of house arrest and take empathy classes. My belief is anyone involved in animal cruelty is just a step away from child abuse or may already be at that point. Either way, probation doesn’t solve the issue the person may have.

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