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.