By Muhammad Atef | April 8, 2021

Young dog found dead in plastic bag near Massachusetts school suffered extreme cruelty, abuse; Investigation launched

Police are investigating the death of a young dog authorities say suffered extreme cruelty and abuse before it was found dead in a plastic bag outside a Massachusetts school last month.

An officer in Lawrence discovered the roughly 1-year-old female dog on a frequented walking trail behind South Lawrence East Middle School on Crawford Street around 10:45 a.m. on March 17, according to a statement from the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL).

The dog, a tan and white Jack Russell terrier-type canine, had been partially wrapped in a “pee pad” and placed in a black plastic bag, the statement said. Blood was found inside the bag and on the animal’s body. The dog’s tail was also stained with urine.

“It appears the animal suffered extreme cruelty and abuse, which led to the dog’s death,” the ARL noted.

A necropsy determined the animal’s cause of death to be acute blood loss and multiple skull fractures. Extensive bruising on the dog’s body indicated she was also intermittently abused in the 36 hours leading up to her death, according to the ARL.

The ARL said it’s likely the dog wasn’t left in the bag on the walking trail for very long, according to the statement.

The organization’s law enforcement wing and the Lawrence Police Department are “urgently seeking information to determine who may have been responsible,” according to the ARL.

Anyone with information related to the investigation has been urged to call Lawrence police Detective Carmen Poupora at (978) 794-5900, ext. 625 or ARL Law Enforcement at (617) 426-9170, ext. 110. Members of the public can also email the organization at

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