RISPCA offering $2,500 for info on severely neglected West Warwick dog

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WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for neglecting a dog found in West Warwick.

RISPCA President E.J. Finocchio said a man brought the dog to the West Warwick Shelter after he said he found her roaming around the library on Main Street in West Warwick Sunday.

He said the dog was wearing a collar with a nametag identifying her as “Molly.” She was also micro-chipped.

Finocchio said the dog is in extremely poor health, suffering from a broken jaw, severe dental problems, tumors and skin problems across her entire body.

According to Finochhio, Molly is also emaciated and is “basically” blind from cataracts and eye ulcer damage.

“Molly is… she is happy, despite all the things she has and she is totally blind… she hears very well, she is a happy dog, I mean I can’t believe that she is a happy dog,” Finocchio said.

The RISPCA is offering the reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person who neglected Molly. The reward was originally $500, but a friend of the RISPCA donated another $2,000.

Finocchio said the person responsible for Molly’s condition will face a neglect charge as a misdemeanor, but if Molly dies from her medical issues, the charge would be increased to a felony.

Anyone with information should call the RISPCA at 401-438-8150.

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