Pittsfield Woman Seen Abusing Dog On Video Allowed To Keep Pet Despite Pending Animal Cruelty Charges


Here’s a disturbing video that was shot in the Pittsfield City common last week, showing a woman abusing her small dog.

Her name is Melinda Alston.

According to the person who filmed it, she not only grabbed the dog by the collar and dragged the poor thing, she also kicked it.

I had just finished working out at the common and was sitting in the grass beneath the beer fest tent stretching when I heard someone screaming at what I thought was a child, telling them to “f****** walk” and to “hurry up”. When I looked up, there was a lady screaming at her tiny white dog. She picked it up by neck and threw it in front of her. The poor pooch rolled and the woman continued to scream at it to move, kicking the poor creature. As the dog struggled to get its feet underneath itself, I reacted and without thinking yelled, “hey!!”.  The woman spun around and yelled “what?!” In a disgusted manner. I shouted back, “knock it off!”.

That was when she grabbed the dog by the neck again and came barreling toward me.  I was still sitting in the grass when she threw the dog at me, stood over me and began screaming in my face to “mind my own f****** business” and other obscenities.  I leaned back and put my foot against her groin area to try keep her away. I had taken my phone out to start recording her when she tried to slap it away from me saying “go ahead, call the police, see what I do to you” then tried to swing at me. I screamed for help twice but no one nearby intervened. All while her poor dog cowered behind me.

I pushed her away by the groin with my foot and got to my feet, which was when I finally started recorded. The rest of the altercation is on the video. At the very end, you can see a lady coming out the building. That lady knew her and asked her what happened, to which she replied “that c*nt attacked me and kicked me”.

It was then that I left the park and immediately went to the police station, explained everything that happened and gave them the video.  I also called the MSPCA the next day and shared the video with many animal lovers, some of which posted the video online. I am choosing to stay anonymous out of fear; you never know what people are capable of these days.

She has been summonsed to court on animal cruelty charges, yet the dog remains in her possession.

I don’t care if the canine is in “good health.” She abuses the dog and is clearly not mentally well. She shouldn’t be allowed to keep the poor thing. Apparently “good health” means she put the dog’s hair in a pony tail and posted some pictures on Facebook.

The dog’s face says it all.

Please, someone get me a new family, I can’t live with this nutcase any longer.

Accurate. Especially after looking at her Facebook posts and commentary after the fact.

She insists that she wasn’t abusing the dog in that video, she was simply trying to take a tick off of it.

And everyone knows that the only way to do that is by swinging it by the collar and kicking it.

I’m not sure what the police or animal control can do, but if there are any dog people out there who would like to help or know a way in which this woman can have the dog taken from her, send me an email at [email protected]


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