Kevin W. Kobza, Lieutenant/PIO
1 Bryant St.
Fairhaven, MA 02719
For Immediate Release
Monday, July 9, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Fairhaven Man Charged with Abusing Dog
FAIRHAVEN — Lt. Kevin Kobza reports that the Fairhaven Police Department has charged a man with abusing his dog and burning the pet with a hot poker.
PAULO RAPOSO, AGE 45, of FAIRHAVEN was charged with Cruelty to Animals. He is expected to be arraigned in Third District Court on Thursday, Aug. 9.
On June 18, Fairhaven Police were called to Morton Street after receiving a report that RAPOSO had been allegedly abusing his dog, a female one and a half year old Portuguese Water Dog named Bella.
It was reported to police that RAPOSO frequently kicked and dragged the dog. He also allegedly burned the dog with a hot poker.
Fairhaven Animal Control Officer Terry Cripps responded with police and removed Bella from the home after observing signs of abuse.
As part of a subsequent investigation, Bella was taken to a local veterinary hospital for examination. It was confirmed that the burns on the dog were consistent with being deliberate in nature.
Through the investigation, it was determined that RAPOSO would be charged and a criminal complaint was filed today. He was issued a summons to appear in court.
Bella is currently safe, and in the care and custody of the Town of Fairhaven.