Boston woman accused of punching and kicking a dog near Boston Common

A 26-year-old woman is accused of beating up a dog near Boston Common Tuesday night, according to police who arrested her on animal cruelty and assault charges.

Boston woman Jasmine Velasquez has been charged with animal cruelty and assault and battery on a police officer following the reported incident along Tremont Street.

After police officers in the area had heard a crying dog, a witness told them that a woman was beating a dog next to 131 Tremont St.

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Then as the police officers got near the suspect, they saw her kick the dog.

“Officers were able to quickly separate the suspect from the dog, and moved the dog to a safe location as there was broken glass and unknown liquid on the ground,” Boston Police said in a statement.

Other witnesses told police that the suspect had struck the dog multiple times. She had allegedly punched, kicked, and struck the dog with a glass bottle.

Velasquez was placed under arrest, and she’s expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.

Animal Control responded and took custody of the dog.

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