New Bedford Man Indicted on Charges He Beat Woman, Dog

GavelNEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man is facing charges he beat, tied up and held a woman against her will and also beat her dog.

Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz says 29-year-old New Bedford resident Matthew Devaney was indicted Friday on five counts of assault and battery on a household or family member, one count of animal cruelty and related offenses. He’s being held without bail.

Police responded to a home June 3 after a woman reported she was being held against her will. The home was empty, but police found the victim’s dog in need of medical attention.

Officers then located Devaney’s car and arrested him following a foot chase.

The victim told police Devaney beat her the previous evening and also beat her dog several times.

It’s unclear whether Devaney has a lawyer.

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