A woman allegedly abused a dog before it drowned at Revere Beach Sunday

The woman is being summonsed to court for "various animal cruelty charges," according to state police.

A woman is being summonsed to court on animal cruelty charges after she allegedly abused her dog before it drowned at Revere Beach Sunday.

State police say they were called to the area of the beach near the Shirley Avenue Bathhouse around noon for a report of an injured dog. Lifeguards and Revere firefighters were attempting to revive the dog, a Chihuahua mix, that was experiencing “severe medical distress,” but it died.

A 57-year-old Saugus woman, who reportedly owned the dog along with a Chelsea man and has not been publicly identified, told troopers at the scene that she had brought the dog into the water “when he suddenly became stricken and apparently drowned,” police said in a release.


After police let the woman leave with the animal’s body, some people who had been on the beach reportedly told troopers that they had seen the woman abuse the dog before it died. She’s now being summonsed to court on “various animal cruelty charges;” she wasn’t arrested since she left before police spoke with the witnesses, authorities said.

The dog’s body was taken from the Chelsea man Monday morning with help from the Animal Rescue League, the release said.

State police are continuing to investigate.

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