Denounce Man for Brutally Beating Dog

Chocolate Lab

Target: Middlesex District Attorney, Marian T. Ryan

Goal: Prosecute a man who violently abused a dog, to the full extent of the law

A kennel employee in Ashland, Massachusetts was caught on tape beating a dog that was in his care. Violence against animals is not only intolerable, but it is often an indicator of future violence towards people. We must encourage the district attorney who oversees his county to prosecute this brutal man to the full extent of the law.

Michael Edison, a 23-year old man from Marlborough Massachusetts, was arrested after he was filmed aggressively beating a chocolate labrador named Dexter who was boarded at the Camp Canine kennel where Edison works. According to, “Edison is accused of turning violent, hitting the dog with a rake, kicking it repeatedly, and even slamming its head on the ground multiple times.” Edison claims that the dog first lunged at him, but the kennel’s owner William Craig said it looked like the dog simply wanted to play in the rain.

The Kennel owners first became aware of the incident when the dogs were all acting odd. In particular, Dexter seemed to be acting fearful, so the owners got the idea to check a webcam that they use to film the dogs so owners can check up on their pets. In an interview with MetroWest Daily News reporter Norman Miller, Craig’s wife Kimberly Cardiff shared her thoughts about the footage, simply saying, “What we saw was horrific.”

According to the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), “The FBI sees animal cruelty as a predictor of violence against people and considers past animal abuse when profiling serial killers.” Currently, Edison is released on bail awaiting trial next month. We must see that this dangerous offender receives the toughest sentence allowed under Massachusetts’ law, 90 days in jail and a fine of $1000.


Dear Ms. Marian T. Ryan,

I was shocked to learn that Michael Edison, an Ashland kennel employee, was caught on tape beating a dog that was in his care. He reportedly hit the chocolate labrador with a rake, kicked it repeatedly and even smashed the poor animal’s head into the ground.

As I’m sure you know, violence against animals is not only intolerable, but it is often an indicator of future violence towards people. Mr. Edison is clearly a very dangerous man with a violent temper. I am asking you to please use your position as District Attorney to ensure that this brutal abuser receives the toughest sentence under Massachusetts’ law.


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  1. Punish this piece of dirt, fire him and please dont let him work orhave animals again.

    • Nick Gillingham says:

      dont just give him the 90 days and $1000 fine, bar him for life from ownership and being around any domestic animals.

  2. this dude looks compromised take a peek. he needs a good beatdown and justice and to be watched when he is discharged from the can…aspergers,,,theyre mean to animals due to inability to manage emotions
    bci/cori on animal caretakers

  3. Julie Price says:

    What a price of trash. Happy he was caught and I hope he gets the full punishment. This is just an awful act upon an innocent animal.

  4. Marie Therese Hanulak says:

    Te law is not strict enough! This sicko needs some head to wall therapy. He should not have the right to come near animals again!

  5. Never, ever, must anyone raise a hand to any sensitve being. We perseverate on how these acts impact humans, like we’re the only species that matters, but this dog, who had no possiblity of escape, did not deserve this violence. He’ll never be the same again. No mention of his injuries. How badly was he injured?

  6. Mike Petroq says:

    Kill him… he is not worthy of breathing our air.

  7. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

  8. If this “man” will do this to one dog in his care what has he already done and what will he do in the future? And does this man have children?!? The best way to ensure no other animal is harmed in his care is to make sure he is NEVER allowed to work around animals again! Fire him and make him pay Dexter’s vet bills! Go above and beyond the norm, set an example, make sure people who want to abuse animals know, it is NOT tolerated!!

  9. Annette. Astin says:

    Make him suffer PLEASE

  10. Kick him out and lock him up for good !!!!

  11. And this bastard is supposed to take care of our animals? Shit! Fire him, kick his ass all over the floor, make him pay a fine, make him watch a tape of what he did to the poor Lab !
    Then——throw his ass in jail so he can think about the pain he inflicted on
    Dog and owner!
    I am so outraged about all the horrible people out there. This idiot is cruel and
    Needs a huge wake up call! I know what I would do!!!! Karma really is a bitch!
    I say no more ,!!

  12. Lisa Weston says:

    What a a proper bstard, he deserves the same treatment he gave that poor dog, should jail him, total scum .

  13. Very sadly, this man must have serious mental health issues which caused him to ill-treat this poor animal. He probably lost his temper and deeply regrets what he did now. However, he should still be punished to the full extent of the law to make him clearly understand that such sick and inhumane treatment of animals will never be tolerated – and much more care should be taken when employing people to look after children and animals.

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