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Dog Dragged to Death in Turners Falls, Pair Charged

MONTAGUE, Mass. (WGGB) — Two people have been arrested in connection to death of a dog that police allege was dragged to death.

Just before 5:00 a.m. Sunday, Montague Police Sgt. Lee Laster says that police received a call in the area of Third Street in Turners Falls.  A witness said that they had seen a black dog being dragged by a leash on the driver side door.

When officers arrived, they found a man and woman walking in wooded area, with the dead body of a dog discarded nearby.

At first, Laster says that the pair told officers that the dog was already in the roadway and they wanted to remove it.  They also allegedly said that they had no idea who owned the dog.

Officers then assessed the dog’s wounds and investigated the condition of the car, and they concluded that the car caused the dog’s death.

The woman, who is a resident of Greenfield, finally allegedly admitted to police that she was the dog’s owner and that she didn’t even know that the dog was out of the house.

Police found that the leash was trapped in the driver side door of the car and the woman drove from Greenfield to Turners Falls, which is about four miles in distance, with the dog and leash attached.

The woman, identified as Shylo Valego of Greenfield, has been charged with cruelty to animals, obstruction of justice, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle

Her male companion, Casey Aiken of Turners Falls, has been charged with obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact.  His identity also has not been released.



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