Person of interest named in dog beating case

Police in Massachusetts say a man wanted for questioning in the torturing and beating of a dog is awaiting extradition from Connecticut.

The dog, described as a pit bull-type breed, was so severely injured she had to be euthanized. The animal was found barely alive on Aug. 31.

The New Britain Herald reported that Quincy, Mass., police Capt. John Dougan said the unidentified man is considered a person of interest and was expected to be picked up Monday at New Britain.

A Connecticut judge ordered him held on bond.

Massachusetts residents, public officials and animal rights activists demanded stricter state laws against abuse. A bill that would create a statewide registry of individuals convicted of animal abuse and impose tougher fines and penalties is gaining support in the Massachusetts Legislature.