ASHLAND, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – An employee at an Ashland kennel was arrested Friday in connection with the abuse of a dog.
The employee of Camp Canine on Pond Street is accused of repeatedly beating a 1-year-old Chocolate Labrador, and the abuse was captured on the kennel’s webcam, officials say. He allegedly beat the dog, Dexter, with his hands, feet, and a rake.
Michael Edison, 23, of Marlborough was arrested Friday after the alleged abuse. Edison had worked at the kennel for two and a half years.
Kimberly Cardiff and her husband recently took over Camp Canine and when she arrived one morning, she says Edison complained that Dexter had attacked him for no reason.
When Cardiff checked on Dexter, she found him cowering in the corner of his den and the other dogs were strangely quiet.
Her suspicion turned to horror when she looked at the surveillance footage.
“I found it complete opposite, he attacked the dog for no reason,” she said.
Cardiff immediately called police. According to court documents, when Edison saw himself on video beating Dexter he uttered, "Oh my, that looks bad."
Edison lives with his mother in a home in Marlborough. Isaac Barcinas has known him since childhood and says this is not the Mike Edison he knows.
“If he actually did that then, I'm not gonna lie, I couldn't look at him the same. For the 20 years I have known him he's always been a real sweetheart,” Barcinas said.
Edison appeared in court Monday and was released on bail.
Dexter is back with his family now and is expected to make a full recovery.