3 dead dogs found in U-Haul van in Mattapan, Boston Police are looking for suspects

Boston police found three dead dogs, bloated from the heat wave, inside a U-Haul van in Mattapan.

The Boston Police Department is treating it as an animal cruelty case and is seeking any information the public can provide.

Officers were dispatched to the first block of Edgewater Drive in Mattapan just before 9 p.m. Tuesday. Officers wrote in their report that they found the Arizona-plated U-Haul and noticed “a terrible smell coming from the van and bugs flying around.”

The responding officers looked in through the rear windows and saw a wire dog crate, and the officer “while standing on her tiptoes could only see (1) of the dog’s head inside the crate,” according to the police report. They also saw dog’s feet between the seats of the van.

An animal control officer arrived at the scene and said he saw three dead dogs, “bloated,” according to the report, likely because “there was a heat wave declared in Boston and the last two days have been 90 degrees +.”

U-Haul said it could not identify where the van was rented without having the reservation number or phone number on file for the reservation, according to the police report.

Police spoke to several neighbors. One of them said the tenant of the van lives around the corner and uses the van for work. Another said the van had been parked there for eight to nine days. Another said she saw two dogs, “one light and one dark,” “jumping around and barking when the fireworks went off on July 4.

According to the report, the neighbors who said they saw two men around the van described them as “black, fair-skinned” and 5-foot-6. Another witness said the driver had dreadlocks.

Police ask that anyone with any information about this van or the two men call detectives at 617-343-5607, or submit information anonymously through the CrimeStoppers Tip Line by calling 1-800-494-TIPS (8477) or by texting :a word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).

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