Update! Police Reveal More Than 100 Animals Were Rescued From Freezing Temperatures In Rhode Island’s Largest Animal Cruelty Case This Year

Photo Credit: (RISPCA)

Update as of Friday afternoon: The Rhode Island Police Department released updated information and new details about the arrest of 59-year-old Carlos Alves, the Exeter resident who was charged with mistreatment and unnecessary cruelty to animals.

As reported by WAN this morning, the arrest stemmed from a tip and complaint about a large number of malnourished animals on the property of 425 Gardner Road in Exeter.

“Troopers accompanied representatives from Exeter Animal Control and the RISPCA to the property where they found more than 100 different animals including approximately 24 dogs, several newborn puppies, as well as approximately 40 ducks, chickens and roosters, 40 rabbits and 10 goats in what was described as “deplorable and inadequate living conditions for animals.” 

Last week, animal welfare authorities rescued 24 dogs and other animals including rabbits, goats, and chickens from a Rhode Island home where they were kept outside in frigid cold temperatures.

Following up on a tip, the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) seized the animals, as well as dead rabbits, from what the organization has called the state’s largest animal cruelty case of the year.

“Upon arrival, and after further investigation, the RISPCA found several of the dogs to be lacking adequate shelter to protect them from the elements as the ambient temperature at that time was 28 degrees Fahrenheit, with a wind chill factor of 19 degrees. We also found several of the dogs living in unsanitary conditions,” the organization explained in a statement. “In total, the RISPCA took custody of 14 Beagles, 6 Brittany Spaniels, and 4 Chihuahuas.”

“Dogs had access to some form of shelter but from what we could see, it was just an empty box,” RISPCA’s Director of Operations Joe Warzycha told news outlets including WPRI. “There was no bedding, no insulation, water bowls were either empty or frozen.”

According to Warzycha, though “remorseful,” the owner of the animals will likely face misdemeanor charges, which carry a fine of up to $500.00 and a maximum of 11 months in prison.

The Exeter Animal Control and the Potter League for Animals, assisted the RISPCA in rescuing the animals.

Fifteen of the dogs are now at the RISPCA, and the remaining nine are in the Potter League.

These dogs will be available for adoption at the RISPCA. If you are interested in adopting, please fill out an application HERE! 


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