They said they found an emaciated pit bull. Now they’re the ones charged with animal cruelty.

Glitch was just 15 pounds when he was brought to the MSPCA in late July.

Glitch the pit bull after he was brought to the MSPCA in Jamaica Plain.
Glitch the pit bull after he was brought to the MSPCA in Jamaica Plain. –Courtesy of MSPCA-Angell

Two people brought a nearly starved pit bull to the MSPCA in Jamaica Plain in late July, saying they found him in Canton. But now authorities allege they’re the ones who abused him.

Michael Coke, 24, and Tatyana Denis, 22, both of Canton, have been indicted for animal cruelty, according to a news release from the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office. Denis has also been indicted on a misleading police charge.

It was July 28 that the pair brought the pit bull, weighing a mere 15 pounds, to the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain. They told authorities they found the dog, thought to be a year old at the time, near Massasoit Community College.


Along with being about 35 pounds underweight, Glitch — as Angell staff named him — was also walking hunched over, leading the MSPCA to believe he had been kept in a small cage for most of his life.

“This is one of the worst cases of neglect I have ever seen,” Dr. Maria Brandifino, who examined the dog in Angell’s Emergency & Critical Care Unit, said in a news release at the time. “When he arrived my first thought was: How could he have even survived this?”

Glitch has survived, according to the district attorney and the MSPCA.

“Glitch is doing well, he’s been adopted!” Rob Halpin, the MSPCA’s director of media relations, said in an email.