WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The man accused of severely neglecting a small dog in West Warwick turned himself in to police Wednesday morning.
According to representatives from the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA), Adam Solomon, 44, of West Warwick, turned himself in to police Wednesday.
He's charged with unnecessary cruelty to an animal, a misdemeanor crime.
Earlier this month, "Molly" was brought into the West Warwick animal shelter by a man claiming she was found wandering around the library on Main Street. The RISPCA says they've now learned Solomon asked that man to bring the dog in and pretend she was a stray.
RISPCA President E.J. Finocchio said Molly was wearing a collar with a nametag, and she was also micro-chipped. Finocchio said the dog was in extremely poor health, suffering from a broken jaw, severe dental problems, tumors, and skin problems across her entire body.
Solomon appeared in court Wednesday and was released on personal recognizance. Molly is recovering in a foster home.
Along with Molly's case, the RISPCA is investigating four other cases of animal abuse across the state.
Eyewitness News learned an arrest warrant has been issued for a Providence man accused of abandoning a dog found with a massive tumor.
That person will likely be charged with one count of unnecessary cruelty and one charge of abandonment after admitting he dumped the dog on the city's East Side.
In Pawtucket, the RISPCA is investigating after a groomer discovered a dog named Baby had wounds festering with maggots concealed under matted fur.
Irene Zajda, 66, was charged with unnecessary cruelty. Baby had to be euthanized.
In Foster, the RISPCA says a dog owner was charged after her pet boxers were poisoned. Tiffany Scott, 30, was charged with two counts of felony unnecessary cruelty. The RISPCA said one of those dogs is undergoing a necropsy. Investigators believe the dogs may have ingested antifreeze.
It's unclear if the dogs were intentionally poisoned or if their deaths were accidental, investigators said.
Finally, there's a pending case of animal neglect in Portsmouth, totaling five arrests in a week's time.
The RISPCA said the uptick in cases might be due to public awareness, or to a new mandatory reporting law passed by the general assembly this spring.