A Nevada woman missed her arraignment on drug trafficking charges last week because she was busy being arrested for allegedly beating and choking her tiny dog in South Station.
Ana Prado, 26, of Henderson, Nevada was arraigned in Superior Court Friday on an indictment handed down on Oct. 15 charging her with trafficking in oxycodone over 200 grams. She was originally due in court Thursday on that charge but missed it because MBTA Transit Police arrested her on an animal cruelty charge at South Station.
According to police, Prado abused her Yorkshire terrier, named Dolce, inside a South Station restroom Friday. A witness reported to MBTA Transit
Police that Prado punched the small dog three times and lifted it into
the air by its leash causing it to hang by its neck. An MBTA employee
later told police she saw Prado kick the dog.
Prado was released on personal recognizance but was ordered to hand over
the dog to the Massachusetts Humane Society. She must also wear a GPS
monitoring device and not to leave the state without the court’s
A veterinarian evaluated Dolce for her injuries, according to Transit Police.
According to prosecutors, Prado was first arrested on Sept. 14 after an employee at the Logan Airport Hyatt Harborside found two latex gloves filled with pills inside a nightstand drawer in a room from which Prado had just checked out. State Police were informed and arrested Prado when she returned in an attempt to retrieve the drugs, which weighed 501 grams and tested positive for oxycodone.
During booking, Prado informed state police that she had left her dog alone in a room at the Back Bay Hilton. The dog was picked up by State Police with Prado’s written consent.
Prado will return to Suffolk Superior Court on Dec. 10 and to Boston Municipal Court on Jan. 18.