Twenty-three year-old Michael Edison works for a kennel in Ashland. He was recently caught on tape beating a dog because the animal did not want to go inside of the building after relieving himself according to a report done by the Associated Press. As a result of this, Edison is now facing charges of animal cruelty. He had been working at the Camp Canine Facility for over two years prior to the incident that occurred last Thursday. William Craig And Kimberly Cardiff are the owners of the facility. According to Norman Miller, who is a reporter for Metrowest Daily News, the owners never had any problems with Edison before the incident.
A one-year old chocolate Labrador named Dexter is the alleged victim of Edison’s abuse. When the dog did not want to go back inside of the building after relieving himself, Edison became violent. Dexter was repeatedly kicked, and he was also hit with a rake. Edison also slammed Dexter’s head into the ground many times according to the report.
The owners of Camp Canine Facility have viewed the tape and stated that it appears as though the dog did not want to go inside because it was raining outside, and he wanted to play in it. According to Kimberly Cardiff, Dexter’s behavior was normal the next day. She was also not able to find any injuries on Dexter the next day. Additionally, Dexter’s owners have been notified of the incident.
Edison has stated that he was the person on the video abusing the dog. However, he claims that Dexter lunged at him before the violent encounter occurred. Edison has pleaded not guilty to the accusations. He has also been released on $1,000 bail.
The Cardiffs have told Miller that they will review every tape that they have on file from the security camera. This is approximately six months’ worth of footage. The Cardiffs want to ensure that a similar incident has not occurred before this one.
A pre-trial hearing has already been set for Edison. He is scheduled to appear back in court next month.
Animal cruelty is treated seriously in Massachusetts and Edison can face potential jail, probation and substantial fines.
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