EVERETT (CBS) – A Peabody man charged with beating a canine to dying in Everett final yr desires his case dismissed.
Steven Severino‘s legal professional made the request in Malden District Courtroom Thursday morning. The decide stated he would take it underneath advisement.
Severino is accused of brutally beating his ex-girlfriend’s canine Coco in September 2018. When police arrived they are saying Severino had the useless canine over his shoulder. He denied killing Coco, however admitted she didn’t like him and infrequently bit him.
Severino advised officers he took Coco for a stroll, she obtained away and he later discovered her collapsed exterior an condo constructing. Prosecutors stated video from a surveillance digital camera didn’t assist his story.
Animal rights advocates protested exterior of the courthouse Thursday, calling Severino a “scumbag” as he left.
“Animal cruelty is taken into account a felony. It must be handled as a felony,” stated Barbara Aceto, founding father of the Fb group Justice for Coco. “We’re right here to be a voice for these animals. It appears all these circumstances get a slap on the wrist.”
“She was a fun-loving canine who favored to do humorous issues and make you chuckle,” stated Mike Ciaburri. “A giant ball of fluff.”
Ciaburri shared custody of Coco along with his estranged spouse. He stated Severino is her present boyfriend and the alleged beating dying occurred when the canine was within the couple’s custody.
“I simply hope justice is served,” stated Ciaburri. “I’d wish to see him go away for a very long time.”
The subsequent court docket date within the case is ready for July 2.