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Case ID: 18193
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Monday, Jul 4, 2011

County: Bristol

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged
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Alleged: Carlos Alvarez

The East Providence police have charged the owner of an emaciated and wounded dog left at the doorstep of the Rhode Island SPCA on July 4th with cruelty to animals and abandonment.

A woman who had gone to look at the hours of the RISPCA on the 4th of July saw the dog in a small cardboard box and called the police, according to Lt. Raymond Blinn of the East Providence police.

The dog, a poodle and terrier mix, has severe wounds on three legs, and is missing hair on various parts of its body. It has heartworm and Lyme disease, a severe ear infection and ulcers on its head, according to Dr. E.J. Finocchio, president of the RISPCA.

The dog's hair was so matted in the back that its hind legs were encased so it could not move them, Finocchio said. The dog weighs 12 pounds instead of the 30 that is normal for that kind of dog, Finocchio said.

The dog was taken to Bay State Veterinary Emergency Services for critical emergency care and is now at the Dighton/Rehoboth Animal Hospital, Finocchio said. The dog has a 50-50 chance of surviving, he said.

Finocchio said that within 11 hours of publicizing the abandonment of the dog, someone came forward who knew the owner.

Carlos Alvarez, of Providence Street in Rehoboth, Mass., turned himself in to the police Wednesday. Police charged him with abandonment and cruelty to animals, according to Blinn. He is scheduled to appear in Providence District Court Aug. 9 to face the misdemeanor charges.

Finocchio said that the police in Massachusetts have been notified and he expects additional charges.

Finocchio said he met with Alvarez Wednesday and that Alvarez appeared to be remorseful. Finoccio said his reasons appeared to include finances and fear of bringing the dog in for help after he had gotten to such a state.

Still, he said, "there is no excuse for allowing an animal to get to this point."

"He knew there would be problems," Finocchio said. "You get to a point where you know this is not right, and you've got to do damage control and say, 'Let me try to get away with dumping the animal.'

"We have a number of these cases. People should know by now there are so many eyes and ears. You can run, but you cannot hide."

Finocchio said it was a friend or family member of Alvarez who left the dog at the RISPCA.


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