- Rhode Island, USA -
55-year-old JOHN FROAIS (pictured below), finally in custody.
He has been wanted since June 2020, when the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) executed a search warrant at his pet grooming business Doggie Styles Pet Spa on Sayles Hill Road in North Smithfield.
Acting on a tip, on June 9, 2020, the organization seized a litter of six French bulldog puppies who were in need of veterinary care.
That was a violation of the terms of FROAIS’ bail and an arrest warrant was issued.
In fact, when in January 2020, Rhode Island Police arrested him following the death of four puppies in his care, FROAIS was ordered not to have any care, custody or control of any animals. FROAIS had denied the allegations against him.
A few days after June 9, the RIPSCA executed another search warrant at Doggie Styles with assistance from the Rhode Island State Police and the state veterinarian.
The RISPCA said it had received a tip about several animals who had been left without adequate care for multiple days.
The RISPCA found 15 cats and 1 dog living in squalid conditions.
The RISPCA said the cats were in a communal living environment with litter boxes overflowing with feces.
The dog was found in a secured kennel “with accumulated feces and urine, as well as lacking access to adequate food and water.”
All the furbabies were seized and examined by a veterinarian at the RISPCA.
FROAIS was finally arrested Friday, October 30, and arraigned the same day.
Court records show he was ordered held without bail.
FROAIS faces four counts of felony cruelty to animals, four counts of inadequate care of dogs, five counts of unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine, and single counts of simple assault and obstructing a police officer.