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Boston man accused of throwing hot coffee at dog

By jim Published: May 26, 2009

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston man accused of throwing hot coffee at a neighbor's dog has been arraigned on an animal cruelty charge.

Police said they were called to the city's Allston neighborhood Monday morning after the German shepherd's owner said his neighbor tossed a cup of coffee in the dog's face. Police said they could smell coffee on the dog's fur.

The owner told prosecutors his dog suffered no injuries.

Police arrested 52-year-old Michael Pothier, who told officers he was frustrated and angry with the dog constantly barking at him from behind a fence.

Pothier was released on $1,000 personal recognizance after appearing Tuesday in Brighton Municipal Court. He was ordered to have no contact with the German shepherd or its owner.

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