'Mind Your Own (Expletive) Business,' NH Man Punching Dog Tells Witness, Police Say
BROOKLINE — A man accused of punching and choking his 1-year-old dog has been charged with animal cruelty.
On Nov. 24, Joseph Driscoll, 59, of 6 Mosher Drive, Brookline, had been in the parking lot of State Line Convenience Store trying to get his 1-year-old mixed-breed dog Slater into his vehicle. During this time, a witness said he twisted the dog's chain collar, causing it to yelp, police said.
A second witness told officers, he saw Driscoll punch the dog in the ribs two or three times in the ribs and that Slater was choking from being pulled so hard, police said. That witness confronted Driscoll who told him to "mind your own (expletive) business," police said.
After an investigation, police arrested Driscoll on Monday and charged him with cruelty to animals, a class A misdemeanor. When police arrested Driscoll, they found Slater chained outside in 20-degree temperatures during a snowstorm with a prong collar on.
An investigator with the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire (ARLNH) assisted with the investigation. Slater is currently in the custody of the ARLNH and is being evaluated.
Driscoll was released on personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 23 at 8:30 a.m. in Milford district court.