Video Possibly Shows Person Responsible for Death of Dogs Left in Hot Van in Boston
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Video Possibly Shows Person Responsible for Death of Dogs Left in Hot Van in Boston

New surveillance footage obtained by Boston 25 News appears to identify the person responsible for the deaths of three dogs found in an abandoned moving van in Boston earlier this week.

Officers responding to a 911 call about a “foul odor” coming from a van that had been abandoned for several weeks at 69 Edgewater Drive in Mattapan just before 9 p.m. Tuesday found three motionless, medium-sized dogs inside and a bag of dog food locked in the front passenger seat, a Boston Police Department incident report said.

Video Possibly Shows Person Responsible for Death of Dogs Left in Hot Van in BostonVideo Possibly Shows Person Responsible for Death of Dogs Left in Hot Van in Boston

An animal control officer called to the scene found the dogs “bloated” in the hot van and noted that temperatures in Boston exceeded 90 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday and Tuesday.

Neighbors told officers that a man who “lives around the corner” was using the van for work and was parking it at 69 Edgewater Drive because of a lack of space on his street. The man, described as having a “dark complexion,” was reportedly spotted driving dogs in the van with a black woman on July 5.

The business owners who shared surveillance footage with us say a man with a similar description ran up their driveway “shaky and sweaty” and carrying an empty jug of water.

Workers told us he returned three or four times Monday, begging for more water. He also asked for bolt cutters.

While officers were working at the scene, a local resident approached them and said he had seen at least two dogs in a van on July 4 “jumping and barking” but “they were not allowed out of the van.”

Another man told officers that on the morning of July 8 he noticed two men standing outside a van with “cleaning supplies” and a woman told him she had seen dogs “alive 2-3 days ago.”

Police noted in the report that a five-gallon water jug, three gallons of water, a gray tray, a bottle of bleach and an Arizona Tea can were seen on the sidewalk near the front of the van. Boston Public Works was called to clean up the area.

Anyone with information about the dogs is asked to contact detectives at 617-343-5607. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or texting “TIP” to CRIME.

An investigation is ongoing.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as new information becomes available.

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