: A Melrose man is facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly killing his dog in the backyard of his home Friday night, police say. Officers responding to a report of animal cruelty on Mount Zion Road on Saturday learned that a neighbor, later identified as 44-year-old Adam Crook, allegedly dragged his dog from his home into the backyard, where he then struck the dog in the head with a large rock multiple times, killing it, then took a shovel from his home and buried it. Police executed a search warrant to locate and exhume the dog from the grave.
“This suspect’s alleged actions are absolutely reprehensible and inexcusable,” Melrose Police Chief Michael Lyle said. “I’m grateful for the excellent investigative work of Melrose Police Sgt. Brian Ladner, Detective Sgt. Paul McNamara, Officer Pamela Daye, and Lt. Alan Borgal of the Animal Rescue League that resulted in this arrest.”
“It’s reprehensible, inexcusable on so many levels,” said Mike Defina of the Animal Rescue League. “This really callous and cruel act of violence against a defenseless animal does not go unanswered, that is the priority of the investigation right now,”
Crook was arrested without incident on Sunday and subsequently released on his personal recognizance. He is expected to be arraigned Nov. 26 in the Malden District Court.
I’m not gonna lie, I don’t know what to say with blogs like this one. My role is here to produce hot takes. Well what OTHER TAKE is there than, “this guy is a deranged psychopath who’s probably gonna kill a human being next?” Because that’s what people who kill their dogs in the backyard eventually do.
But wait, there’s a twist…..
Yup, that’s right – Poopie the Pooch Punter was a 6th grade science teacher at McCall Middle School in Winchester up until at least 2018, according to their website.
His classroom website is still archived here. How does a lunatic like this become a teacher in a ritzy town like Winchester? It doesn’t exactly sound like he was keeping a low profile there either.
And did I mention that his loony old man was whining on Facebook five years ago about how he was getting a raw deal in custody dispute, and how his ex-wife “falsely accused” him of assault?
Look who chimed in before he took down his Facebook page today…
Yea, who would ever think that a guy who takes is dog into the backyard, murders it with a rock, and then buries it in the backyard, would be capable of assaulting his ex-wife? Here’s an idea Dave – maybe your son is a piece of shit because you enabled him, blamed his victims, and made a littany of excuses for when he was a kid all the way into adulthood. Maybe.
All the other deadbeats were jealous of his victory in court.
Oh, and Dad appears to have worked for a law firm in Maine too.
But he’s still trying to figure out how to use this damn Facebook machine!
OK, it’s hard to be mad at him. But his son is a piece of shit and I hope he rots for what he did to that poor dog.
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