Owner Arrested After Decomposing Dog Found in Chelsea Apartment

The owner of a Chelsea apartment, Massi Ennis, was arrested last week after a decomposing dog was discovered inside the apartment, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Ennis, a 24-year-old listed as living in Boston, is facing one count of animal cruelty.

Chelsea police responded to a well-being check at 185 Washington Ave. on October 27 after receiving a report about a dead dog. The building’s maintenance manager entered the apartment and found the deceased dog in the living room, following a complaint about a strong odor. Officers who entered the apartment noticed feces throughout, as well as a dog crate with empty food and water bowls. The dog had maggots and gnats around its mouth, indicating decomposition.

Ennis, the apartment owner, was not found at the building, and the mailbox was full. Another resident informed the police that she hadn’t seen Ennis in a week but often heard him yelling at the dog. The property manager contacted Ennis to inform him of the situation. Ennis was subsequently arrested on October 30 when he visited the property manager’s office in Quincy.

Ennis claimed that he had subleased his apartment to someone he met at work and had not been inside the apartment since October 3. However, police were unable to locate anyone matching the description of the supposed subletter.

Ennis was arraigned in Chelsea District Court on October 31 and released on $500 bail. The judge ordered him not to have contact with pets. Ennis is scheduled to appear in court again on December 22 for a pretrial hearing.

Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden expressed his disappointment, stating, “This is another tragic case of a pet suffering because its owner did not take some simple, humane steps like bringing the dog to a local shelter or a rescue organization. Pets bring many joys, but they also bring many responsibilities, and the lack of responsibility here is heartbreaking.”

Ennis’s lawyer has not yet responded to a request for comment.


Author: CrimeDoor

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