Man accused of choking his dog, punching in the ribs

In BROOKLINE, N. H. – A New Hampshire man was accused of choking and punching his dog as he tried to get the animal in his car.

The police arrested 59-year-old Joseph Driscoll on a felony cruelty to animals charge Monday. It was not immediately known if the Brookline resident had a lawyer and a phone number was not in service.

Police say a witness said Driscoll was trying to get his dog in his car last month at a store parking lot and was turning the chain collar, causing it to yelp. Police say another witness said Driscoll hit the dog in the ribs two or three times.

When Driscoll was arrested, the mixed breed of the dog was found chained outside wearing a prong collar, with temperatures in the 20’s. He expected to be indicted on Jan. 23.

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