RISPCA shares new details of two animal abuse cases

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Two local men are facing charges in separate animal abuse cases, and as the cold has returned for the weekend, animal rights advocates are reminding pet owners about how to keep their pets safe.

Snoopy, a chatty dachshund mix, is now recovering from a leg injury after Pawtucket police say he was thrown from a porch.

“It was a first-floor deck and it was probably four or five feet that he threw him,” RISPCA Humane Law Enforcement Officer Earl Newman said. “We responded to the house and found the dog to be injured, and you know, insignificant distress at the time.”

Tony Rowland, 24, of Pawtucket was arrested after first fleeing from police through a window.  He’s now facing a felony charge of malicious injury to an animal.

And we’ve learned, Snoopy will soon be put up for adoption.

“We’re confident we’ll get him a good home,” said Newman.

The other incident of alleged animal cruelty happened in Scituate.

Newman says Jorge ‘Omar’ Brito locked a dog in a chicken coop in below freezing temperatures.

“When we responded, it was like 22 degrees outside. We found the dog found locked in a small chicken coop, an uninsulated chicken coop. It was 17 degrees inside the chicken coop,” Newman said.

The German short-haired pointer is now recovering at Scituate Animal Control.

Newman says the situation serves as a good reminder to pet owners to always keep their animals warm in the winter.

“People continue to leave their dogs outside without any shelter, without appropriate shelter,” Newman said. “Based on the new statute, that’s not allowed at all, so people really need to be mindful of the conditions and the shelter that they’re providing for their animals.”

Rowland is due in court Friday for a hearing.

Brito now faces one count of care of dogs and one count of obstructing, according to Newman.

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