Today Brookline Police arrested a local man and charged him with Animal Cruelty. Brookline Police working with information provided from the MSPCA, conducted an investigation into an alleged act of Animal Cruelty. Acting swiftly with the information they received, the Department sought an arrest warrant for a local man, age 24 for allegedly smothering a pet dog. The subject was taken into custody this afternoon without incident at his residence. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Brookline District Court on Thursday.