On October 24, 2016 at approximately 9:30PM Transit Police officers assigned to the Central District received a radio call to respond to the MBTA's North Station Commuter Rail for a report of a male physically assaulting a dog. Upon arrival officers were met by witnesses who informed the officers of the following; a male, later identified as John Bowen, 46, of Boston, was striking his dog with a closed fist, kneeling on the dog in a forceful manner and lifting the dog off the ground by it's leash.
Bowen and his dog, an 11 month old Husky named Sarah, were still on scene. While an officer interacted with Bowen another TPD officer was shown a video of the assault confirming witness statements. Bowen was placed into custody for Cruelty to Animals and transported to TPD HQ for the arrest booking process and is expected to be arraigned sometime today.
Sarah was placed into the custody of City of Boston Animal Control and brought to Angel Memorial for evaluation.
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