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Police Detective Adopts Abused Dog, Community Gathers For Vigil

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LUDLOW, Mass. (WGGB) — After a week of horrifying stories of abuse and inspiring acts of generosity, the Ludlow community finally got to meet the one year old pomeranian formerly known as “Scrunchy” and now renamed “Jameson.”


It was last Thursday that the dog’s owner brutally beat him with a garden tool and left him for dead in nearby woods.

“When I pulled into the driveway, I could see blood on the side of the pick-up truck,” Officer Brian Shameklis said.

Police feared little Jameson was dead in the snow covered woods, but Officers Shameklis, Michael Whitney, Jason Chelo, Alison Metcalfe, and Dispatcher Anthony Silva were determined to find him.

“We’re flashing around and thought I saw movement but with flashlights and dark and everything like that (it was hard to see), and his head moved and one of us yelled he’s still alive,” canine officer Michael Whitney said.

After being rushed to a Springfield veterinarian at the Boston Road Animal Hospital, Jameson was transferred to a Weymouth neurologist for brain surgery. Growing medical bills have totaled over $10,000. It was the police officers who put their own credit cards up to pay for at least Jameson’s down payment. A Facebook page was quickly launched and www.petchance.org began fundraising to help.

“The outpouring of sympathy and concern and frustration and anger that something like this happened in the community,” founder of “Ludlow Residents Against Animal Cruelty” Kimberly Kulig said. “It’s showing that everyone coming together can outdue the evil done that night.”

To the tune of over $10,000 in donations. Now one of the first faces Jameson saw that dark night, Detective Metcalfe, is his new owner and given him his new name as a fresh start. With a fitting superman sweater and little hat, Jameson returned to Ludlow Wednesday to see many well wishers at a vigil.

“Jameson could not be in better hands than where he is,” Michelle Diotalevi said.

With his new family both in and outside the police department.

“For us to come to work and to save the dog first of all and then to have the whole animal lover community band together to try to save one dog- it’s refreshing and it’s heartwarming- and we don’t see that everyday,” Metcalfe said.

Doctors are optimistic for Jameson’s prognosis, as he continues on medication for recovering, still needs rehab, and still needs staples taken out of his head in the next week.
After that, it’s own to his new, happier life with the Metcalfes.

Jameson’s former owner, Ricardo Costa was charged with animal cruelty and held on $2500 cash bail.


  • ItsMeSpfld

    I don’t understand how law enforcement (and by law enforcement, I mean judges) doesn’t get that those people that severely abuse animals do not just stick to them. They also abuse people too. They abuse their wives and children. This man that hurt the poor dog needs to be looked at further, because I can guarantee you that if he has that much rage inside him that he can beat a little dog almost to death, he most definitely can hurt his kids.

  • ItsMeSpfld

    I don’t understand how law enforcement (and by law enforcement, I mean judges) doesn’t get that those people that severely abuse animals do not just stick to them. They also abuse people too. They abuse their wives and children. This man that hurt the poor dog needs to be looked at further, because I can guarantee you that if he has that much rage inside him that he can beat a little dog almost to death, he most definitely hurt his kids.

  • JuniperJubilee

    It was a wonderful thing that the men and women of the Ludlow PD did. Absolutely wonderful!
    This poor excuse for a human needs to be put in a prison with some big guys that do not go for this kind of cruelty. Then HE will feel what it’s like to be a victim .
    .

  • http://HaggisBrain.com Ed The Genius

    Right now 5:08pm 2/13/14 at 71 prospect st Chicopee, side porch closest to 59 prospect st, two dogs, one emaciated, no water, no food, no shelter. MSPCA has been there a dozen times, and years later the same dogs, the same scumbag people, and the exact situation. Every storm, every hot or cold day these dogs suffer. The MSPCA never even cited them, and this abuse continues to this day. Anyone else want to check it out and call feel free. When the dogs are dead I have questions for the MSPCA. When you call too many times, proven true or not, you are a nuisance to them.

  • http://HaggisBrain.com Ed The Genius

    One dog is partially buried in snow and probably dead, and the other is huddling over it for warmth.

    • joey

      Ed have you seen these dogs today? I drove by yesterday but unfortunately couldn’t see in the yard with all the snow. I’m assuming this is the brown house that looks like hoarders paradise?

  • doggone

    The MSPCA Law Enforcement Dept. is too understaffed to investigate and persue all of the complaints that come in. What’s wrong the the Animal Control Officer(s) handling these issues?

  • http://HaggisBrain.com Ed The Genius

    Well doggone, that is the “MSPCA BS LINE” when someone makes a legit complaint and they do nothing about it. It’s also a fresh excuse I haven’t heard from them before. Like I said, they went there about 12x, each time making them bring the dogs in and feed and water them, and to provide shelter. The very next storm, or sub zero weather, or 100′F and there is the same 2 dogs in the same place, in the exact same situation all over again. Approximately 12 to 15 trips, all verified as neglect, and it continues to this day.
    Calling local PD’s for animal control is a mistake. Most do nothing. In fact West Springfields “animal control” tells you to “do whatever you want to with them” when you ask or call about problems with wildlife. IMO most PD’s have bigger issues on their minds than animal control. They tend to worry more about the 2 legged kind, and are busy enough. Wildlife experts are trained to deal with these situations much better.