The information below was sent to RIDEM yesterday as well as to the entire Warwick City Council, several legislators, Defenders of Animals and to the RISPCA.
After the protest wrapped up yesterday, I received a tip that at least one of the pit bulls was back outside on the Toll Gate Rd property.
I went to observe (by sitting across the street in my vehicle) how long any of the pit bulls would be left outside- the temperatures were below 10 degrees Fahrenheit (with wind chill).. I was able to observe one tan pit bull left outside for at least a half hour (in a caged, fenced in area in front of one of the 2 trailers, repeatedly barking towards a pickup truck that was about 30 feet away --with individual(s) seated in it, running and heated, standing guard towards the front of the property.
After about a half hour had passed, the breeder, Clifford Dennis returned back to the area- with the back of his pickup truck loaded with firewood --along with having a pit bull in the pickup truck with him. He saw me and pulled up alongside me holding up the "peace" sign with his fingers, mouthing through the window that he wanted to talk.
I recorded almost the entire interaction except for about three minutes of Dennis reading me Bible passages.
I apologize for the Patriots game playing in the background on the radio, I overlooked shutting that off! I had to edit the sound and enhance it so you could hear Dennis better.
After just a few minutes in of trying to have a sensible dialogue with this man, I realized there was no way that I, or any reasonable person could have a normal conversation with him.
Dennis claimed that he has identified me as a "satanic feline" and I am a "devil Jew bitch." Dennis has referred to me as being a Jew (followed by vulgar expletives) several times... he has also said the same to other women as well.
Warwick Police on scene for the protest yesterday, Sunday December 31st, had informed me that they had gone to 409 Toll Gate to check on the dogs at around 9:15 am, and they (the officers) were informed by Dennis that 3 of the pit bulls were somewhere in Coventry, and the other 3 pit bulls were in one of the run down trailers on the 409 Toll Gate property. Dennis claimed he was keeping the pit bulls warm by burning a wood stove in one of the trailers. When asked where the 2 pit bull puppies went, police did not know and that Dennis no longer had them.
Getting back to my personal encounter with Dennis... I asked him where the two puppies went and Dennis said he gave them away. When I clarified and asked again, "so you just gave them away?" Dennis responded (on tape) : "you think I'm going to let them be taken away to be spayed and neutered?" When I asked why he didn't want the dogs to be spayed or neutered, Dennis responded: "because it's genocide on the dogs. I love them and I want them to continue just like the white race."
Dennis claims to not live on the property where the remaining dogs are being kept (409 Toll Gate) and he claims to be living elsewhere and that he is temporarily staying in the trailer "guarding what he loves."
He said by the time the laws are changed he will be long gone living in Tennessee.
He also stated that he doesn't actually breed the dogs but uses the breeding license as a way to "keep the dogs in tact." (doesn't make sense).
When I tried telling him about the high rate of euthanasia of pit bulls in shelters he of course did not want to hear it. He stated I was to blame because I spread hate about them. I argued back that he was getting it all wrong and that I was doing the exact opposite, and that by him being on this mission to breed them and perpetuate them so that they multiply on "like the white race"... is why they end up in shelters.
As our encounter came to an end, he again stated that I was just upset because he identified me as being a "satanic Jew bitch."
After this personal encounter with Dennis, I am completely convinced and it is in my best opinion, that this apparent antisemite (based on repeated anti-Jew comments), that Dennis should under no circumstances be allowed to breed any type of dog, and all of his licensing --breeding and/or kenneling-- should be revoked immediately! All 6 pit bulls should be taken into shelters to be adopted out, and the two puppies also need to be located and rescued. My opinion based on personal interaction with Dennis is that he breeds pit bulls solely for his personal agenda to multiply them, because in his mind, they are like the "white race" and need to survive.
I am extremely concerned with this entire situation and now also extremely concerned with where those other two pit bull puppies are, as well as the other 3 pit bulls that are now somewhere in Coventry.
I can't believe this is all happening. It's horrific!
Rhode Island must act quickly to change the laws and make sure guys like Clifford Dennis never breeds dogs again-- and the 409 Toll Gate rd "breeding operation" is shut down completely!
You have to turn your volume up loud when Dennis is talking. Sorry I sound so much louder but I had to edit the audio settings and enhance them so you can hear him better.
In the screen shot above, the Warwick shelter volunteer commented on the story when Clifford Dennis had 15 pit bulls taken from him. Back in 2010, the shelter volunteer commented on the forum : "this guy has been supplying a steady stream of dogs to the shelter for years. I guess if they don't sell, I don't know he normally voluntarily turns them over. Sometimes big lots of them, and they have to scramble to get them all fostered. Second, a lot of these dogs, while sweet, have pretty serious issues from lack of socialization. I worked with two who were afraid of everything and everyone from living for years chained outside alone. They squealed in fright walking past a rustling branch."