Cops: Intruder Painted Woman's Puppy Purple

'Cruel low-life animal abuser' accused of crime spree
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2016 12:01 AM CDT

Massachusetts man Felix Reagan is accused of crimes including auto theft, breaking and entering, and assaulting a police officer—but he probably wouldn't be in the news if he hadn't also allegedly painted a puppy purple. Police in Oak Bluffs say they arrested Reagan Saturday afternoon after a Martha's Vineyard crime spree that included cruelty to the pet of a woman whose home he broke into, CBS Boston reports. They say that after Reagan crashed a stolen car, they found him in possession of stolen property, including prescription drugs—and discovered purple paint on his pants.

Reagan was earlier arrested in June on charges of breaking and entering and being a minor in possession of alcohol, police said in a Facebook post. Burglary victim Tamara Gemme-Crawford says Reagan—who was also charged with cruelty to animals—is a "cruel low-life animal abuser." She tells the Smoking Gun that her 4-month-old border collie was removed from its crate in a closed room, where he wasn't a threat to anybody. She says Reagan, who apparently also gave the puppy a bag of apple fritters to try to stop it from barking, doused the dog in paint before throwing it out the door. Luckily, the puppy wasn't injured by the paint. (Facebook reunited this lost-at-sea pup with his family.)

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