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April 2, 2013

Beating of dog spurs range of charges

A Gloucester man faces charges including assault and battery on police, threats to kill, and animal cruelty, after two fast acting Gloucester residents intervened with the man allegedly beating the dog until police could arrive at the Stage Fort Park scene.

Michael S. Robinson, a 34-year-old Mt. Vernon Street resident, faces those charges and others after he was arrested and subsequently taken to the hospital by the Fire Department’s ambulance corps last Wednesday. The man told police he had taken medication for shingles and drank two pints of vodka before the arrest.

According to the police report released Monday, 21-year-old Gloucester Michael Williamson, a Gloucester High School graduate and now a cook at Friendly’s, saw Robinson’s pet rottweiler tied to a tree at Stage Fort Park and heard rustling in the bushes, but thought nothing of it until he had walked a ways away and heard the dog scream.

“Then I was at the tennis court area and I heard the dog scream, then I saw him kicking and attacking the dog, so I ran back to help,” Williamson said. “Before that, I was trying to keep an eye on [the situation] but when I heard the dog screaming, I knew I had to go.”

Meanwhile, a Gloucester woman who had been walking along the Boulevard and witnessed the incident had called police, according to the report.

Williamson, who has his own rottweiler-mix dog, confronted Robinson and Robinson swung a punch at the witness. Then Williamson punched Robinson in the face.

But police who arrived saw that as the two punches were thrown, Williamson’s punch was “in self defense.” Williamson said he had not intended to combat the man physically.

“I was just trying to stop him from attacking the dog. I didn’t actually want to fight him or anything, but I did get him in the nose,” Williamson said Monday.

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