BROCKTON — Animal cruelty charges will be lodged against a city resident after authorities seized 10 pit bulls from a Cairn Road home this week, police said.

The pit bulls – a mother dog and her nine puppies – were removed from 73 Cairn Road on the city’s East Side after police received a call at 5:19 p.m. Sunday reporting animal cruelty.

The caller told police the mother dog was being beaten and mistreated and “yelping in pain,” according to police reports.

Richardson denies the dogs were mistreated.

When officers arrived, they found the dogs in the back yard contained in a small dog cage, said Lt. Paul Bonanca. Police said the dogs were malnourished.

“There’s going to be charges of animal cruelty,” Bonanca said Tuesday.

A witness told The Enterprise on Tuesday the dog could be heard in the backyard “screeching” in pain in recent days, including during the torrential rain on Friday.

The witness said the dog owner was overheard saying he was going to kill the dog and bury it in the backyard. The dog owner was seen digging a hole in his yard, the witness said.

At 73 Cairn Road on Tuesday afternoon, an empty dog pen surrounded by a chain-link fence could be seen in the backyard. Other debris was strewn around the gray-colored, single-family home in a quiet residential neighborhood.

Hakeem Richardson, 22, the owner, denied abusing his dogs.

In an interview with The Enterprise, he said the female blue-nosed pit bill, which is almost 3 years old, got stuck under the kennel fence in the backyard, police were called, they removed the dog from the fence and took her and the puppies.

She is unregistered, he said.

Richardson also said he had just sprayed the house for fleas so he put the dogs in the backyard for three hours until it was safe for them to go back in.

All 10 dogs are being cared for at Brockton Animal Control on Court Street.

Animal Control Officer Darren Hand said an animal cruelty investigation is ongoing. He declined further comment on Tuesday.

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Abused Brockton pit bull euthanized

BROCKTON — Eliza, one of three pit bulls rescued from squalor and starvation last month, has been euthanized.

Jeni Mather, founder of the Brockton Blue Dog Shelter, said she and dog trainers and volunteers worked with the abused dog for a month, but he did not show any progress in learning to trust humans and was deemed too much of a threat. For the public’s safety, she said, the dog was euthanized on Wednesday morning.

Darren Hand, of Brockton Animal Control, works to catch the last of four pit bulls, three living and one deceased, from 1007 Montello St. in Brockton on Sunday, July 1, 2012.

“It was really, really difficult for everyone,” she said. “He practiced being aggressive and dangerous for a long time and it’s disturbing that someone did this to him.”

Mather has set up a fund to help two other pit bulls – Sadie and Blue – that were rescued from a Brockton apartment house July 1 after being left outside with no water or food as temperatures reached 91 degrees. A fourth pitbull died outside the building.

Animal Control officials and police arrived at 1007 Montello St. and found the dogs in a feces-filled backyard.

Days later, officials deemed the dogs too aggressive and said the three surviving pit bulls would be destroyed. But a public outcry to save the animals won over Mather, who is now caring for and rehabilitating Blue and Sadie. The dogs “have come a long way,” she said.

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