Had a very nice conversation a short time ago with the RISPCA and one of the Warwick police Captains.
Warwick Watch would like to make it extremely clear that the RISPCA would never have left that property today without the dogs if they had concluded the pit bulls were in any way being abused or neglected..they appear to not be. RISPCA said the dogs were approachable, friendly and also easily socialized with each other.
The owner of the dogs- Clifford Dennis- is allowed to have up to 6 adult pit bulls because he took out another permit to do, so that goes beyond the city ordinance of a max of 3.
The additional 2 puppies do not count towards the 6 max amt. because they are puppies. Once the puppies reach an age of 6 months old, then they would be counted as an adult dog and fall under the max ownership number of 6.
As far as the RISPCA statement of "sufficient evidence provided that these dogs are being raised for hunting , therefore exempt from the provision of RIGL 4-13-42." That sufficient evidence was basically a verbal disclosure and other documentation from 2011 used as the basis to justify the hunting use from when the 15 pit bulls were previously seized from Clifford Dennis.
The major issue Warwick Watch has is with the state law RIGL 4-13-42 being far to lax when it comes to the exemption language. Specifically: (4) To licensed hunters, field trial participants or any person raising or training a gun dog or hunting dog, provided that the licensed hunter or field trial hunt test participant is actively engaged in hunting, training or field trial hunt testing or is transporting the dog to or from an event."
Clifford Dennis stated today when the RISPCA/Warwick Animal Control investigated, that he is using 2 out of the 6 pit bulls for breeding purposes, and that he is --giving the other dogs away to southern states that are using them to hunt wild boar.
How does one prove (an investigator) that is in fact the case when the breeder makes the claim that he/she is "giving the dogs away" and there is no CURRENT paperwork/documentation/written exchange, agreement between the breeder and the buyers or recipients of the pit bulls?
Dennis claims the other 4 pit bulls are being trained for hunting purposes. O.K. Where? How often? Who's training them? show us the DOCUMENTATION. The state law needs to be amended to clearly indicate that for any breeder to fall under section (4) of RIGL 4-13-42, they must provide adequate documentation to prove so. Currently, TODAY, that is not the case with this particular situation at 409 Toll Gate Road.
Then comes the overall issue with the uninhabitable house and the TWO TRAILERS that are also on this property. It is a violation of city ordinance to be living in a trailer on an uninhabitable property. Why has this house been allowed to sit like this in such deplorable conditions for so long?
There are other issues regarding the safety of the dogs. Dennis claims he uses one of the trailers that has a heating stove in it to bring the dogs in at night should it be too cold outside, so that the dogs have a warmer shelter. This is a major safety issue. Not only should there not be trailer on the property, dogs are being left inside of one-- what if something goes wrong and the trailer catches on fire?
The property owners- Edward Allen Trustee-- residing in Maryland, have been offered a substantial amount of money several times for the sale of their property-- but they refuse. They just don't want to give it up? WHY??? You live in Maryland and you have this "caretaker" living on your property in trailers, running a highly questionable pit bull breeding business on it, who just so happens to be able to come up with all the explanations and excuses while providing no current, documented evidence when it comes to this breeding operation. WHY? So pit bulls can be bred and given away to hunt boars in some southern state?
SORRY!!! This whole things smells like a big pile of BOAR CRAP!
Warwick Watch will CONTINUE to stay on this situation and work with our legislators this year to get the language changed in the state law to make the proper amendments needed so that situations like the one currently at 409 Toll Gate rd-- completely ceases to exist.
The Warwick Police are well aware of this situation as is the City...stay tuned.
City Code of Ordinances: 601.5.
Commercial vehicles. No commercial vehicles having a gross vehicle weight of more than 9,900 pounds or having three or more axles shall be stored, parked, or garaged in a residence district, and the parking, storage or garaging of vans, trailers, or semitrailers or similar vehicles designed to be propelled by a separate means of locomotion, or vehicles designed to be used for moving said vans, trailers or semitrailers, and all self-propelled machinery designed for commercial use shall be prohibited in residence districts. Customized vans used principally as pleasure or recreational vehicles shall be exempt from the provisions of this section.
Recreational vehicles and equipment. Major recreational equipment including, but not limited to, camp or travel trailers, tent trailers, boats and boat trailers, may be parked or stored on any portion of a residential lot, subject to the requirements of subsection 601.2, provided, however, that it may be parked anywhere on residential premises for the purposes of loading or unloading for a period of not more than 24 hours. No such equipment shall be used for living, sleeping or housekeeping purposes when parked or stored on residential premises or in any location not approved for such use. Such equipment shall be stored in a safe manner. No such major recreational equipment shall be so stored for a period in excess of one year unless it is in a condition for safe and effective performance of the function for which it is intended. The building official may grant an extension of such storage period upon a showing by the owner that he has engaged in repairing said equipment with reasonable diligence.