Man arrested in connection with death of Raynham's famous skateboarding dog


RAYNHAM, Mass. ( -- A man was arrested in connection with the fatal accident that killed Raynham's famous skateboarding dog.

On Aug. 17, Zelda, a dog known for skateboarding with his owner, was hit and killed by a dirt bike. The operator of the bike drove away that day, but police eventually caught up with Taunton resident Ryan Vliet Thursday and he was arrested on a warrant. 

Police believe the 24-year-old was operating the blue and white Yamaha dirt bike that struck and killed the 2-year-old beagle. She was walking on a leash, on the side of the road with a 14-year-old boy when she was hit.

Vliet is charged with cruelty to animals, failure to stop for police, operating to endanger, failure to report injuring or killing a dog, and other charges.

The investigation into this incident remains ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Raynham Police Detectives at 508-824-2717.