RI man gets probation in animal cruelty case

Smithfield Dogs rescued

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man charged with animal cruelty after authorities found more than two dozen dogs and hundreds of snakes and rats at a Smithfield home has been sentenced to probation.

Michael Ramos, of Smithfield, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading no contest to unnecessary cruelty to animals and conspiracy. He will be on probation for 22 months and must perform 80 hours of community service.

Smithfield police and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals executed a search warrant at the home in March after receiving a tip about animals being kept in poor conditions. Officials removed the animals from the home, which was condemned.

A second man, Michael Williams, also was arrested. His case remains pending. Williams already is on probation for previous animal cruelty charges.

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