Greenfield man charged with animal cruelty


Recorder Staff
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

GREENFIELD — A report of a dog howling for more than an hour in a Greenfield Gardens apartment led to the arrest of a Greenfield man for animal cruelty.

Matthew Page, 24, of Munson Street was arrested on Tuesday and charged with animal cruelty. He was held without bail. Police said Tameka L. Page, 22, also of Munson Street, was issued a summons on a charge of animal cruelty. The incident is still under investigation.

According to the Greenfield Police Department Facebook page, officer Emily Rowell was sent to 51 Pray Drive at about 1 a.m. for a report of a howling dog.

“Upon arrival, the officer noticed that the dog was barking incessantly from the second floor. She knocked at the door several times but no one answered, she noticed the lights on in the house and saw through the unshaded windows that the house was in disarray. She noticed that there were no signs of furniture or kitchenware. She reported that it appeared that someone left or moved out of the apartment.”

The report says Rowell spoke to a neighbor who reported that the occupant moved out about a week earlier. Fearing for the safety and welfare of the dog inside, she contacted a key-holder and entered the dwelling.

“Officer Rowell reported that upon entering the apartment she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the nauseating odor of feces and urine. The apartment was full of hundreds of flies. When she entered the room with the dog, she noticed that the dog was emaciated, quivering but friendly.

“She noticed that the dog’s collar was now several sizes too big which appeared to be due to the weight-loss suffered by the dog. The dog appeared to be a male pit bull or boxer mix with each one of its ribs on both sides of its body protruding as well as his hip bones jutting out to points and each bump of its spine could be clearly visible along its back. There were several piles of dog feces on the floor. The only food available for the dog was stale moldy food still in a can, there was no water available for the dog.”

The animal control officer was called and took custody of the dog. Police said the once at the shelter, the dog drank and ate quickly.