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3 dead dogs found in U-Haul van in Mattapan, Boston police searching for suspects

By meerna Jul11,2024
3 dead dogs found in U-Haul van in Mattapan, Boston police searching for suspects

Boston police found three dead dogs, bloated from a heat wave, in a U-Haul van in Mattapan.

The Boston Police Department is treating this as a case of animal cruelty and is asking the public for any information.

Officers were dispatched to the first block of Edgewater Drive in Mattapan just before 9 p.m. Tuesday. Officers wrote in their report that they located a U-Haul with Arizona license plates and noticed “a foul odor coming from the van and insects flying around.”

Officers arrived and looked inside through the rear windows and saw a metal dog cage, and the officer “was able to stand on her tiptoes and see only (1) dog’s head inside the cage,” according to the police report. They also saw the dog’s paw between the seats of the van.

An animal control officer arrived at the scene and said he saw three dead dogs, “bloated,” the report said, likely because “a heat wave has been declared in Boston and temperatures have been in the 90s for the past two days.”

According to the police report, U-Haul says it is unable to identify the van rental location without providing the reservation number or phone number used to make the reservation.

Police spoke with several neighbors. One said the van’s renter lives around the corner and uses it for work. Another said the van had been parked there for eight to nine days. Another said he saw two dogs, “a light one and a dark one,” “jumping and barking when the fireworks went off on the Fourth of July.”

According to the report, neighbors who said they saw two men near the van described them as “black, light-skinned” and 5 feet 6 inches tall. Another witness said the driver had dreadlocks.

Police ask that anyone with information about the van or the two men contact detectives at 617-343-5607 or provide information anonymously through the CrimeStoppers Tip Line by calling 1-800-494-TIPS (8477) or texting “TIP” to CRIME (27463).

By meerna

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