- Rhode Island, USA -
On March 14, 2023, the Rhode Island SPCA responded to a call from Ocean State Veterinary Specialists about a dog who was brought to their facility deceased.
According to a press release by RISPCA obtained by Voice For Us, the dog, an elderly terrier mix, showed obvious signs of neglect. The furbaby had two very large tumors on his/her belly, substantial matting, and significant hair loss.
When the dog was brought in, the name of the guardian was not disclosed, so RISPCA Special Agent Law Enforcement Earl Newman, followed up on information provided when the dog was brought in for treatment. It turned out that 57-years-old DAWN ABBENANTE (pictured), of Pawtucket, was the dog’s guardian.
Attempts to get in touch with ABBENANTE were unsuccessful so a warrant was issued for her arrest. The Pawtucket Police Department took her into custody at her residence on Wednesday, March 22, 2023. Court records show that the same day, ABBENANTE faced Judge J. Patrick O’Neill for her arraignment on one felony count of unnecessary cruelty and one misdemeanor count of care of dogs. She was released on $3,000 personal recognizance.
ABBENANTE is expected back in court on June 14, 2023, at 9:00 a.m.
The Rhode Island SPCA kindly provided Voice For Us with the furbaby’s pictures and ABBENANTE’s mugshot.
I wish upon DAWN ABBENANTE a slow and painful death!
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