Rachel Duarte, 40, is facing 17 counts of unnecessary cruelty and 365 counts operating an unlicensed pet shop and breeder.
Rachel Duarte living at at 26 Floyd Ave. 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. 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.
Duarte's attorney is Senator Stephen Archambault.