CRUELTY TO ANIMALS IS AGAINST THE LAWAt about 1:51pm, on Thursday, September 11, 2008, officers from Area C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call to investigate a premise at 237 Washington Street in Dorchester. While en route to the call, officers received information from the Channel 6 Dispatcher that a third party caller stated that her daughter called her and told her that her boyfriend hit her cat with a frying-pan. The Channel 6 dispatcher then stated that the boyfriend's name is Emmanuel Rodriguez. On arrival, officers were met by the caller's daughter. Victim stated to officers that she did call her mother to tell her that her boyfriend (Emmanuel Rodriguez) had hit her cat. Victim, however, did not want officers to "lock him up." Officers then entered the apartment and located the victim's white cat "Snowball". Officers observed that the cat was bleeding from its rear paw and also had blood covering both of its front legs. Officers also observed that the cat was conscious, although, it appeared to be significantly injured. When the cat's owner attempted to pick the cat up, the cat began making loud noises. Victim told officers that the suspect (Mr. Rodriguez) called her and stated, "I hit your cat because he knocked over the computer monitor." She then stated that Mr. Rodriguez told her he hit the cat with a sauce pan. The cat's owner then located a metal sauce pan on the floor and stated, "He hit the cat with this." Officers did observe that the sauce pan had two dents on the side of it, as well as white hair on it. Officers then observed several spots of blood on the kitchen floor and table. Cat's owner told officers that this is not the first time the suspect has harmed her cat. While officers were on scene investigating the incident, the suspect returned to the location. Once on scene, officers asked the individual if his name was Emmanuel Rodriguez. When the suspect replied, "Yes," officers arrested Emmanuel Rodriguez, 22, of Dorchester and charged him with Cruelty to Animals. The cat was transported (by its owner) to the MSPCA Angell Memorial Animal Hospital where it is recovering from its injuries. During the booking process, the suspect told officers, "I didn't know I could get arrested for hitting the cat."