- Rhode Island, USA -
On Monday, September 21, East Providence Police arrested three individuals on animal cruelty charges in connection with an incident that happened on August 25.
Police received a call about a dog who was being left outside in a kennel at Sunset Auto Spa on Taunton Avenue.
According to the caller, the furbaby was not doing well in the 90 degrees heat.
Officers were dispatched to the address and found a black, tan, and white Bulldog-Pitbull mix coughing, having trouble breathing, and suffering from a skin infection.
Animal control was called in and took the furbaby, named Primo, to the East Providence Animal Control Center where he was assessed and treated by a veterinarian.
ABC6 reports that ACO William Muggle said: “His eyes were extremely irritated from just the skin infection around the eyes, so he had a lot of fur loss. Behind his ears was devoid of fur, almost looks like leather because it had been such a longstanding illness.”
An investigation revealed that Primo’s guardians, KAYLA CARD and WILLIAM PAGLIARINI (pictured below), went out of town and left the dog at the spa in the care of employee SCOTT CORBIN (also pictured below).
It also emerged that Primo had been suffering from that skin infection for quite some time and that CARD and PAGLIARINI did not seek adequate veterinary care for it.
The trio were charged with:
· Mistreatment of animals
· Unnecessary cruelty to animals
· Dog outside when the ambient temperature is too hot
· Failure to provide a dog with adequate veterinary care
As for Primo, since August, while under the care of the vet, his skin condition has improved by about 50 percent. Police say he still needs several more weeks of treatment.
On a separate note, ABC6 reports that KAYLA CARD was accused in 2018 of running an unlicensed dog ear cropping business at the same spa where Primo was found.
ACO Muggle said: “She had a litter of puppies there that we were aware of. She was, at the time, opening up a dog grooming salon it seemed and we were made aware of the puppies having their ears cropped, and it was alleged their ears were being cropped in the garage by a non-veterinarian doing it on the premises there.”
One of the puppies from that case was Primo.
Patch reports that in 2019, CARD was arrested again when she refused to surrender her dogs to the Rhode Island SPCA.
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