On November 15th, 2012 at approximately 7:45 am Transit Police officers assigned to Area 1 were on patrol at MBTA's South Station Commuter Rail lobby when they were approached by a concerned citizen who informed them a woman was badly abusing a small dog (believed to be a Yorkshire terrier) inside the women's restroom. The citizen stated the suspect, later identified as Ana Prado, 26 of Henderson, Nevada, suspended the dog in the air by its leash, essentially hanging the dog. Additionally, officers were notified, Prado punched the dog at least three times and also kicked the dog. A second witness coroborated the original witness statement. A female Transit Police officer entered the Women's restroom and escorted Prado outside where she was placed under arrest for Cruelty to Animals. Prado stated to the officers at the time of her arrest she was in Boston to attend Suffolk Superior Court for a charge of drug trafficking. Prado was transported to Transit Police HQ for booking and appeared in Boston Municipal Court the same day.
The dog, named "Dolce", was turned over to the City of Boston's Animal Control Division and was evaluated by a veterinarian for any injuries.