- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

LUDLOW, Mass. (AP) - A Ludlow man is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly beating his Pomeranian dog with pruning shears and leaving it for dead in a snowy field.

Ricardo Costa was arrested Thursday and is charged with felony cruelty or maiming of an animal. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

Police say the 40-year-old Costa beat the dog named Scrunchy with pruning shears because it defecated indoors and no one had cleaned up the mess. Police say they found blood and hair in the area the dog was allegedly beaten.

The year-old dog was still alive when it was found several hours later.

It was taken to an animal hospital with extensive injuries, including a fractured skull.

It was not clear if Costa had a lawyer.

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