Ashland Kennel Employee Facing Animal Cruelty Charges for Beating Dog

Michael Edison, 23, was allegedly caught on video beating a dog after the animal refused to come inside.
Michael Edison, 23, was allegedly caught on video beating a dog after the animal refused to come inside.
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A kennel worker in Ashland is facing animal cruelty charges after he was allegedly caught on video beating a dog after the animal refused to come inside after relieving itself, the Associated Press reported.

Michael Edison, a 23-year-old Marlborough man, had worked at the Camp Canine facility for more than two years before the incident last Thursday. The kennel’s owners, Kimberly and William Craig Cardiff, said they have never had problems with him, according to a story from MetroWest Daily News reporter Norman Miller.

But when a 1-year-old chocolate labrador named Dexter refused to come inside after relieving itself, Edison is accused of turning violent, hitting the dog with a rake, kicking it repeatedly, and even slamming its head on the ground multiple times, the report continued.

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The kennel’s owners told Miller it appeared as though the dog wanted to play in the rain.

Kimberly Cardiff said Dexter behaved normally the next day and she was unable to find any injuries. The dog’s owners were notified of the incident.

Edison admitted that it was him on the video, but claims the dog lunged at him prior to the violent encounter. He pleaded not guilty and was released on $1,000 bail.

The Cardiffs told Miller they plan to review all the tapes they have on file from their security camera, about six months’ worth of footage, to make sure nothing similar has happened before.

Edison is due back in court next month for a pretrial hearing.