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Shykeim Basden, 19, was arrested on animal cruelty charges after he allegedly stomped and killed a family chihuahua in Weymouth Monday afternoon.
Shykeim Basden, 19, was arrested on animal cruelty charges after he allegedly stomped and killed a family chihuahua in Weymouth Monday afternoon.Weymouth Police Department

A 19-year-old man is facing animal cruelty charges after he allegedly stomped and killed a family chihuahua in Weymouth Monday afternoon, police said.

Around 3:35 p.m., officers responded to a report that Shykeim Basden, who lived in an apartment at 259 Lake St., had just killed a dog at the apartment, Weymouth police said in a statement.

Upon arrival, a witness told officers that she saw Basden stomping the family dog, a chihuahua named “Coco”, numerous times, police said. She told officers that Basden had fled the apartment with the dog in his arms, and a family member at the scene believed Basden was going to throw the dog in Whitman’s Pond, which is down the street from the residence.

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Officers searched the shoreline of the pond and found the dog’s body behind the residence of 5A Josies Way, police said.

Around 7:36 p.m., officers received information that Basden may be near Weston Park at 46 Broad St., police said. Officers drove to the park’s parking lot and found Basden in a red Ford Fusion with friends. He was arrested and brought to a local hospital before being booked at the police station, police said.

Basden is facing charges of cruelty to animals, malicious killing of a domestic animal, threat to commit a crime, and vandalism to property, police said. He was held overnight without bail and will be arraigned Tuesday.

Matt Berg can be reached at matthew.berg@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mattberg33.