Man Stomped on and Killed Family's Pet Chihuahua, Police Say

Police in Weymouth, Massachusetts, found the dog's body along the shoreline

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Police have arrested a Massachusetts man they say stomped his family’s pet Chihuahua to death and tried to hide the body.

Weymouth police say 19-year-old Shykeim Basden faces arraignment Tuesday after his arrest Monday on several charges including animal cruelty.

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 shoreline and found the dog’s body.

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