A Newton man and his teenage daughter will be charged with cruelty to animals after their pit bull was found tied to a tree and abandoned in Watertown, according to police.
Newton Police Officer Zoi Lazarakis was dispatched to a Middle Street apartment building on July 25 for a report of a “loose vicious pit bull,” according to his report.
The dog was purchased via Craiglist by the man’s 18-year-old daughter, but when the dog was brought home, the daughter’s parents became upset and the dog was not allowed in the house.
Lazarakis said the dog appeared neglected, without proper food, water, or shelter. And, according to his report, the dog appeared anything but vicious. “The light brown adult female pit bull came to me right away and curled up at my feet. The dog was completely wet from the rain and was shivering.”
Lazarakis brought the dog inside and fed it. “It was very apparent the dog had not eaten and was very hungry.”
Later that day, Lazarakis received a call that the dog was loose again, but Lazarakis couldn’t find the animal.
On July 26, Lazarakis said, Watertown police found the missing pit bull tied up to a tree in the woods close to the area of Pleasant Street, adjacent to Stop & Shop in Watertown.
Police described the dog as hungry, thirsty, and tangled around the tree, unable to move. “The leash had tears in it which is apparent that the dog tried to bite through the leash to let herself free however was unsuccessful,” Lazarakis reported.
The dog is currently in quarantine at an animal shelter, according to Newton Police Lieutenant Bruce M. Apotheker, and will likely go to a foster home and be adopted.