PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — More than 50 animals found to be living in deplorable conditions were removed from a Pawtucket home Wednesday, Eyewitness News has learned.
According to the Detective Sgt. Christopher LeFort, six dogs, 13 ferrets, 20 mice and three hamsters were seized from the Oakland Avenue home by Pawtucket Animal Control and the Rhode Island Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA).
The RISPCA says it’s possible more animals are inside the home and have yet to be removed.
LeFort says officers were called to the home to address code and zoning issues when they found the animals living in squalid conditions.
The RISPCA also confirmed several dogs were seized from the Slater Park Dog Park after a friend of the elderly residents said he would take some of the dogs to the shelter. When the friend found out the shelter was closed, he decided to let the dogs loose in the dog park.
The two elderly residents who live there are being assisted by the State Elderly Affairs Unit, State Senior Services and Pawtucket Senior Services, according to LeFort.
At this time, the residents are not facing any charges.