Dogs & Child Left In Hot Car In Parking Lot of Hobby Lobby In Warwick, RI-Violations Issued- Wrist Slap, Case Dismissed
Tonight at Warwick Municipal Court, Judge Gerstenblatt had before him another case of dogs being left in a hot car on June 25, at Hobby Lobby in Warwick RI. The defendant pleads not guilty to two counts of animal cruelty with fines of $1000.
Two dogs along with a child (undisclosed age of child) were left inside an unattended vehicle for approximately 35-45 minutes. According to the incident reports, the outside temperature at TF Green Airport at the time Warwick Animal Control arrived, which was at approximately 11:00 am, was 73 degrees F.
When animal control tried taking temperature readings inside the car upon arrival, the two dogs, a German Shepherd and a Labrador Retriever became aggressive and the dogs had to be removed from the vehicle. Warwick Animal Control then took two readings, one from the driver's floor area which was 90.3 F, and another temperature reading was taken from the vehicle center floor area which came back at 89.6 F. The defendant insisted another temperature reading be completed ( after car doors were open) and that reading came back at 83 F (the incident report stated that 83F reading may not be accurate).
The defendant pleads not guilty before the Judge, then has a "conference" in the lobby area outside the doors of the City Hall chambers with Assistant City Solicitor attorney Diana Pearson. The defendant repeatedly states the temperature readings were "ridiculous" and that "the dogs were not in any harm." She refuses to listen or even try to understand that even though the temperature outside was 73F, the temperature inside the car is completely separate from what's going on outside.
After the defendant complains about not being able to pay the fines because she has to pay her taxes, Attorney Diana Person then makes the decision to dismiss the charges and not have the case go to trial, only imposing a charge of $35.00 in court fees.
The case then goes back before Judge Gerstenblatt after attorney Pearson makes her decision to dismiss it. You will hear the Judge say in the video below that the issues he has with the incident report is that it is not known exactly how long the dogs were in the vehicle (even though there were witnesses on scene), and the exact conditions of the dogs are also not known. You will hear the judge read the "dogs were panting intermittently." The Judge also references the 83 degree temperature reading, but he doesn't even mention the two other readings of 90.3 and 89.6.
The ACT itself of leaving two dogs and a child in a vehicle that's 90F- 89F or even 83F for about 40 minutes- unattended- should be enough to impose a $1000 fine... never mind a trial! If these incidents keep resulting in slaps on the wrist, these people will never learn, and it will also not deter others from committing the same acts of animal/child neglect and cruelty! Oh but no! Once again in the City of Warwick it's another -- DISMISSED CASE OF ANIMAL CRUELTY.
Even on a 73 degree day, temperatures inside a vehicle can soar to 110F in 30-40 minutes!
When I tried to politely educate the defendant on how temperatures can skyrocket inside a car even on a day she thinks is "cool," she didn't want to hear it and got up and sat somewhere else. She was not open-minded to understanding the consequences of her actions and how serious of a matter it was to leave two dogs along with a CHILD inside a hot, unattended car.
You will hear Judge Gerstenblatt at the end state he wouldn't even leave his dogs and/or a child for any amount of time in a vehicle even on a 45 degree day, but apparently all of the information he had in front of him wasn't enough to fine the defendant and send the case to trial.
Why have the laws if THEY ARE NOT ENFORCED???
We have a very big problem with these animal cruelty case outcomes!!!!
The Rhode Island Law - 4-1-3.2. Animal confinement in motor vehicles prohibited.
(a) No owner or person shall confine any animal in a motor vehicle which is done in a manner that places the animal in a life threatening or extreme health threatening situation by exposing it to a prolonged period of extreme heat or cold, without proper ventilation or other protection from such heat or cold. In order to protect the health and safety of an animal, an animal control officer, law enforcement officer or fire fighter who has probable cause to believe that this section is being violated shall have the authority to enter such motor vehicle by any reasonable means necessary under the circumstances, after making a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other responsible person.
(b) A law enforcement or animal control officer may take all steps that are reasonably necessary to remove an animal from a motor vehicle if the animal's health, safety, or wellbeing appears to be in immediate danger from heat, cold, or lack of adequate ventilation and the conditions could reasonably be expected to cause extreme suffering or death.
(c) Nothing in this section shall prevent a law enforcement officer or animal control officer from removing an animal from a motor vehicle if the animal's safety appears to be in immediate danger from heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, lack of food or water or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal. A law enforcement officer or animal control officer may enter the motor vehicle for the sole purpose of rescue or release of the animal and may not search the vehicle unless otherwise permitted by law.
(d) A law enforcement or animal control officer who removes an animal in accordance with this section shall, in a secure and conspicuous location on or within the motor vehicle, leave written notice bearing the officer's or agent's name and office, and the address of the location where the animal may be retrieved. The owner may retrieve the animal only after payment of all charges that have accrued for the maintenance, care, medical treatment, and impoundment of the animal.
(e) A law enforcement or animal control officer who removes an animal from a motor vehicle pursuant to this section is immune from criminal or civil liability that might otherwise result from the removal.
(f) Any person who knowingly violates this section shall be punished by imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or by a fine of no more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or both.
Great RI animal welfare laws ! NOT!
Nationwide media attention on this Amelia Ferreira dog killing case and all this does is teach animal abusers that they can kill a dog, put it outside to decompose in a plastic bag and not be charged with animal abuse. Amelia Ferreira of Cranston, RI has dogs of her own and she's not even going to be punished appropriately by having her own dogs removed and/or losing her job ???
Ferreira works for Off Leash K9 Training LLC...
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How does this training facility screen the "high level" trainers? Why are they using SHOCK COLLARS TO TRAIN DOGS? An "E-COLLAR' is just a nice term for what they really are, SHOCK COLLARS. Did the dog drop dead of a heart attack from the collar? The shock collar was found outside on an open trail with no signs of it being forcibly removed. So who took it off --and why? Did the dog die right there on the trail because of that shock collar? Does anyone know if this company's Providence office location is also behind the cover-up???
Scientific Evidence Outlining the Concerns with the Use of Electric Shock
Amelia Ferreira and the owners of Off Leash K9 Training LLC should be put on trial in front of a jury to get the truth out regarding exactly what happened to KNOX! How many other dogs has Ferreira and other Off Leash Trainers tortured and abused?
A much closer look needs to be taken of the dog training facility and how they do their trainer hiring. What background checks did they run on Ferreira? Did Off Leash K9 management ever visit Ferreira's home and do wellness checks? Did Off Leash K9 ever visit Ferreira's home to see how she cares for dogs? What were Ferreira's professional dog training qualifications? What does her resume look like? When the RISPCA went to Ferreira's home they: "seized five Maltese dogs from Ferreira's home. The dogs were living in the basement, matted and dirty, according to the agency."
Newport RI Woman, Cat Hoarder-Family Counselor- Charged With Animal Cruelty, Dead Cats Found In Freezer, Other Cats Living in Deplorable Conditions
Multiple complaints have been pouring in over the years about the smell of feces and cat urine emanating from the home of Linda Strahan, age 72 living at 103 Kay St in Newport, yet the issue was not getting resolved by local authorities so concerned neighbors turned to the RISPCA.
When the RISPCA first showed up to the home, Strahan wouldn't let anyone inside the house, so a search warrant went into effect.
RISPCA walked into a horror show. Cat feces was covering almost every area of the home and the smell of cat urine was unbearable. Then, the horror show continued to the owner's freezer where the remains of 26 dead cats were found, all wrapped up individually in plastic. An additional 18 other cats were found alive, living in deplorable conditions. A few photos of the scene show feces covering the floors and bed.
This same woman, Linda Strahan had issues with animal hoarding back in 2010 when 50 cats were surrendered by her and she was never charged. So for 8 more years, more cats continued to live in the deranged house of hoarder hell with a woman who clearly needs to be locked up in a psychiatric unit.
But wait!!! The story becomes even more twisted as a simple online search reveals that Linda Carol Strahan is a "Family Counselor" who provides mental health and pastoral care services! Can you imagine the advice that was dished out by this woman over the years??? It's too horrifically bad that Strahan didn't practice on herself whatever it is she preached to her clients...
This woman should never be near another animal ever again for the rest of her life and her "practice" needs to be shut down completely. Let's see what a RI judge is going to rule on this one.
Media sources: Photos, WJAR, RISPCA
Kayla Card, Arrested & Charged with Cruelty to Animals, Conspiracy & Obstructing Police. Dog Ear Cropping at a Car Wash in East Providence.
From ABC 6
By: News Staff
"EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I.(WLNE)_ A North Providence woman was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals, conspiracy, and obstructing police.
The suspect, 28-year-old Kayla Card was arraigned in court Tuesday on animal cruelty charges.
The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) has shared evidence of Card’s interaction with Michael Williams, 34, a defendant in a Smithfield animal cruelty case that began in March.
The interactions indicate that Card had paid for cosmetic procedures to both “crop” the ears of eight dogs and have “cherry eye” removed at an unlicensed veterinarian. According to the correspondence between Card and Williams provided by the RISPCA, Card had the procedures performed at a car wash on Taunton Avenue.
Card at first denied that she knew Williams but has since admitted to knowing him.
The ongoing investigation includes evidence of other pet owners who have had similar procedures performed on their dogs by an unlicensed veterinarian.
The RISPCA is urging anyone who has had or knows someone that has had these operations done by Michael Williams to contact the RISPCA at 401-438-8150.
Individuals who have used these unlicensed services who do not cooperate may face similar criminal charges."
From WPRI Channel 12:
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- "A woman who police say had surgical procedures conducted on several puppies at an East Providence car wash is facing criminal charges.
East Providence police launched an investigation into Kayla Card in February after receiving a tip from the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA).
RISPCA Animal Cruelty Officer Joe Warzycha said a case in Smithfield where hundreds of animals were found in squalid conditions back in March helped officers track down Card.
According to the police report obtained by Eyewitness News, the RISPCA shared a log of messages between Card and a Smithfield man indicating she had eight puppies' ears "cropped" at the Taunton Avenue car wash on at least two separate occasions.
"We can't give out too many details but, the instrumentation that he's used to perform these surgeries certainly would not be considered acceptable," Warzycha said.
The police report describes ear cropping as a procedure in which a dog's ears are cut off for aesthetic purposes. The conversations also described the removal of "cherry eye," or a prolapsed tear duct near a dog's eye.
The report indicates the man told Card he charged $150 per dog for the "ear cropping" and $100 per eye for the removal of "cherry eye."
Police said Card was uncooperative when she was approached about the messages by an animal control officer.
Card told the officer she had the dogs' ears cropped at a veterinary clinic in New Jersey, according to police. Police checked with the clinic and learned her name was not on the list of ear croppings performed there during the weekend she had indicated.
Initially, she told police she did not know the man but eventually admitted to knowing him and said he was licensed to perform the procedures.
Card, 28, of North Providence, was issued a summons for harboring three unlicensed dogs at the car wash and was charged with cruelty to animals, conspiracy, and obstructing police.
"She permitted her dogs to be subjected to suffering by allowing them to be operated on by an unlicensed veterinarian," Warzycha said.
Card was arraigned on the charges in court Tuesday and ordered to surrender all of her dogs to police as a condition of her bail.
Eyewitness News reached out to Card about the case and she said she has no comment on the allegations against her.
The RISPCA said the Smithfield case has opened the doors on a widespread investigation into animal cruelty across Rhode Island. Warzycha said it is likely that more charges and suspects will be revealed soon."
Kayla Card then arrested a SECOND TIME:
From NBC 10 news:
"A woman accused of running an illegal ear cropping business has been re-arrested.
The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Thursday said 28-year-old Kayla Card, of North Providence, was ordered to surrender all of her dogs during her previous arrest.
But she failed to comply, according to RISPCA.
“We were informed through a source that she concealed from us another pregnant dog,” a RISPCA spokesman said.
The spokesman added that Card appeared in court on the new infraction, with a judge allowing Card’s friend to take the dog."
Kayla Card runs "DND BULLIES"
From WPRI Channel 12 :
"The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISCPA) is asking for anyone connected with Tuesday's arrest for "ear cropping" to come forward and cooperate with authorities.
Kayla Card, 28, of North Providence is facing charges of animal cruelty, and other charges after she allegedly had eight puppies' ears "cropped" at a Taunton car wash.
"Ear cropping" is the practice of cutting a dog's ears for aesthetic purposes.
Michael Williams, the man accused of performing the unlicensed procedures, reportedly charged $150 per puppy for the procedure and $100 per animal for the removal of so-called "cherry eye" or a prolapsed tear duct.
The RISPCA is asking anyone who has had procedures performed by Williams or know someone who has to call 401-438-8150 and to cooperate with police or risk facing similar charges as Card."
Rachael Duarte/Gouveia Charged w/ 17 Counts of Animal Cruelty, Dismissed on 48A- 1 Count Not Legally Operating a Kennel- Pleads NOLO, Pays Fines
As Warwick Watch previously blogged back in February: Rachael (Rachel) Duarte living at at 26 Floyd Ave in East Providence was arrested and charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty and 365 counts of operating as a breeder and pet shop without a license. Duarte's house was loaded with cats dogs and puppies of various breeds, living in filthy, squalid conditions. Duarte's kids were sleeping on mattresses in the basement.
Judge James J. Caruolo once again gives out the ole animal abuse wrist slap.
Read more on the arrest, here.
Duarte has an autistic son and was also temporarily housing a teenager placed there by DCYF. In fact, DCYF had just been out to the property just prior to the arrest of Duarte to check on the 17-year-old girl that was staying there. The DCYF caseworker was supposedly going to write up the final report with the decision that would not allow the teenage girl to continue staying at Duarte's residence. Wonder why.
But did that DCYF caseworker immediately call police?
Neighbors ended up calling the police when they witnessed someone dropping off puppies at the house. Another neighbor said she would frequently feed the cats that were always outside, but never knew there were also dogs in the house.
In April, Rachael Duarte/ Gouveia started a Go Fund Me and even tried raising money to supposedly get a service dog back, but didn't get a single donation.
According to ABC6 news:
"EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — An East Providence home is now condemned after dozens of cats and dogs and other animals were removed from the filth.
Officials boarded up the home on 26 Floyd Avenue after a building inspector deemed it unsafe.
East Providence Animal Control told ABC6 News they removed 20 dogs, 22 cats, a bearded dragon, and a mouse from the home. Animal Control says the dogs were covered in feces.
As a result of the animal control call, 40-year-old Rachael Duarte was arrested for simple assault on an officer and disorderly conduct. Animal-related charges against her are pending.
Officials would only comment that they were taking the animals for “their own safety.” A veterinarian said they seemed to be in good health, despite some fleas and worming.
DCYF was also on the scene assessing a 17-year-old's living situation in the home.
Duarte was arraigned in Providence District Court Friday and was released on $1,000 personal recognizance and referred to the pre-trial services unit for a mental evaluation."
According to WPRI 12:
"East Providence Animal Control last month seized dozens of animals from Duarte's Floyd Avenue home, including 22 cats and 20 dogs. Conditions at the house were so poor the house was condemned on the spot by a building inspector.
Of the 20 dogs, 17 were puppies. Some of those puppies were infected with parvovirus, which caused the East Providence Animal Shelter to go under quarantine. One of the puppies ending up dying of the disease.
Court documents reveal police were notified on Jan. 12 that a "suspicious looking white van" pulled up to the home and dropped off a load of puppies in filthy conditions.
Police said Duarte told them she had gotten the dogs - 17 puppies and 1 bulldog - off of Craigslist. Investigators said that wasn't the case.
According to police, Duarte rented the van and conspired with an unknown person to pick up the puppies in Arkansas. Court documents state the puppies were transported "inhumanely" in the van in "crates too small for all the puppies to freely move, while covered in feces."
The court dismissed the 365 counts of operating as a breeder and pet shop without a license so Rachael Duarte/Gouveia could plead NOLO to just one count, and was fined accordingly. The 17 counts of animal cruelty were dismissed on a 48A.
The judge allowed Duarte/Gouveia to have her two service dogs back. She paid $2500 in restitution and $641.75 in fines. She is not allowed to operate a kennel or breed any animals and she no longer lives in East Providence as the house was immediately condemned the day of the arrest.
Judge James J. Caruolo final order for Donna Vessella, the woman who dumped a cat next to a dumpster like trash, that ended up frozen to the inside of a box, fine of $96.75 and community service. The male cat was found Feb. 2 next to a dumpster at Bayside Apartments on Sandy Lane in Warwick.
Vessella plead NOLO.
The Rhode Island Judicial system apparently does not take animal cruelty, abuse and neglect seriously. It is time for some major legislative reform to the R.I. Title 4 General Laws.
The people of Rhode Island cannot, should not, and will not tolerate lax judicial outcomes when it comes to animal cruelty cases.
It MUST STOP!!
A few of the Eugene Michael McQuade dogs found at 525 Hill Farm rd Coventry property from the 1/20/2018 arrest. Eugene Michael McQuade plead NOLO before Judge Sarah Taft-Carter on Thursday, April 26, 2018 with the judge dismissing 24 out of the 25 charges of animal cruelty against McQuade. Some of the dogs found back in January 2018, were found by police locked in cages in the basement of an empty home, where urine and feces was also found according to police reports. The cages also showed signs of the dogs trying to chew through them to break themselves free.
All photos and police records from the 1/20/2018 arrest below were released via a public records request by the Coventry police department.
Below is a PDF file that contains all records also released by the Coventry Police Department via a public records request. The records show a timeline of the Coventry police, RISPCA, State Police and Coventry Animal Control responding to the Eugene Michael McQuade residence located at 525 Hill Farm rd.
Complaints go as far back as 2013.
This is one of the 11 McQuade dogs from the RI State Police report.
THERE WILL BE ANOTHER RALLY NEXT WEEK INSIDE THE STATE HOUSE-- LATER TIME SO MORE CAN BE THERE---
"According to documents obtained by Eyewitness News, breeder Clifford Dennis is scheduled to have all dogs removed from the property at 409 Toll Gate Road by April 16. The documents reveal years of police reports chronicling complaints about the dogs dating back to 2001. Dennis said the dogs were being bred for hunting...
According to the city, when Dennis is evicted in mid-April, he will also forfeit his municipal breeder’s permit."...
Police reports chronicle contact with Dennis dating back to October 2001, when officers found 21 dogs “tied to various location around a wooded area” and nine puppies. Animal control officers found empty food and water bowls and took the puppies for safekeeping. There were also complaints made in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014-2017, according to reports.
According to a report from 2010, animal control officers went to the property following a December blizzard that dumped a foot of snow on the ground. They found pit bulls chained to the ground in dog houses surrounded by 12 inches of snow. The report said the dogs didn’t have food or water. Dennis faced multiple charges at the time."
Korina Ferreira (from MA) 40, Had Animals Locked Up in a Vacant Home on 36 Cottage St, Woonsocket- Charged w/17 Counts of Animal Cruelty
Korina Ferreira of New Bedford Ma, has previous animal cruelty charges out of MA.
As reported by the Valley Breeze: "
"Korina Ferreira, 40, was arrested March 29 after reports of animal problems at the home. A neighbor observed a dog on the roof of the home and called police. When officers arrived at the home, which was listed on the city's vacant property list, they discovered numerous dogs and chickens inside, many in cages. There was also extensive fecal matter and rotten food throughout the home and in the cages, according to the police report.
Ferreira arrived on scene while police were at the property, informing officers that she was the daughter of the former tenant. She said she had previously been arrested for animal abuse and allegedly told police, "I know I'm going to jail," according to the report. After police let dogs out of a locked room and one dog tore into a water container, Ferreira told police that there was no running water and she was delivering water to the animals on a nightly basis".
During a search of the home they found the decaying body of a pig on the second floor and what looked like a makeshift pigpen in the basement. All of the animals, including 17 dogs and puppies and 16 chickens, were seized.
Ferreira was arraigned in Sixth District Court on March 30, entering a plea of not guilty. She was referred to a public defender and is due for a pre-trial conference on April 16."
"An immense amount of feces all over the floor throughout the entire apartment. The odor was horrible,” said RISPCA Director Joe Warzycha. “Urine, the dogs, some of them were living inside of enclosures that were filled with accumulated feces and urine."
17 pitbulls, including eight newborn puppies, a dead piglet, dead chickens and more than a dozen live chickens were found inside of the Cottage Street home."
"It was horrible. It was really just an immense accumulation, I could just gather weeks or months worth of feces that hadn't been picked up,” said Warzycha.
The home said to be un-livable, with no running water. Though, Ferreira told the officers that she did spend night's there on occasion and visited daily.
This is not the 40-year-old's first run-in with the law.
"Of her own admission she had been charged previously in the state of Massachusetts by the Massachusetts SPCA. I was able to confirm some of that information this morning that she did have prior charges in 2013,” said Warzycha.
The animals are currently being cared for by local shelters. At last check Ferreira refused to give up custody of the dogs. The judge set bail at $15,000.