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."