Man charged with keeping dogs in illegal, squalid basement kennel

The Boston Police Department reports officers investigating a report of an illegal basement apartment at 8 Glenrose Rd. Thursday morning found five mistreated dogs living in awful conditions.

Tracey Young, 22, was arraigned Friday in Dorchester District Court on five counts of animal cruelty, operating an illegal kennel and resisting arrest.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office asked for bail of $5,000; Judge Debra Shopteese released him on personal recognizance but ordered him to stay away from Glenrose Road.

According to a police account:

"After knocking on the door for several minutes, the door was finally opened by an individual who stated that he was living in the basement. When the door opened, officers immediately detected a strong odor of what smelled like dog urine and feces. Moreover, officers observed three cages occupied by three separate dogs. Upon seeing the dogs, officers also observed large amounts of feces and urine in and around the cages.

"Due to the loud, excessive barking of the dogs and the pungent odors emanating from the basement, officers asked the apartment dweller to step outside in an effort to conduct a more effective conversation. Once outside, the suspect became agitated after officers explained to him that a protective sweep of the basement needed to be conducted to ensure the safety of the officers, as well as, the building inspector who needed to further inspect the location. While clearing the basement, officers located two additional dogs who also appeared to be mistreated."