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Police: Man stomped on and killed family’s pet Chihuahua

May 26, 2020 GMT

WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man stomped his family’s pet Chihuahua to death and tried to hide the body, police said.

Shykeim Basden, 19, of Weymouth, faces arraignment Tuesday after his arrest Monday on several charges including animal cruelty, Weymouth police said in a statement.

Officers responded to reports of the killing at about 3:30 p.m.

A witness told responding officers that Basden had stomped on the Chihuahua named Coco several times, then fled the apartment with the dog in his arms.

A family member told police they thought Basden was going to throw the dog in a nearby pond. Police searched the pond’s shoreline and found the dog’s body near a residence.

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Basden was caught at about 7:30 p.m. in a car with some friends.

He was held overnight and it was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could respond to the allegations.