Update: Three arrests made in case of 18-year-old with decaying teeth discovered

Treasure was rescued on Saturday; an 18-year-old dog found wandering in a Central Falls, Rhode Island backyard with decaying teeth, matted fur and large tumors. A $2,000 reward had been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for allowing a pet to become this neglected and abused.

On Wednesday, the news that three people had been arrested and were facing animal cruelty charges quickly circulated throughout social media:

“It was a true community effort between the RISPCA, Central Falls Animal Control, Central Falls Police, and Friends of Homeless Animals of RI to find and hold accountable the individuals in question,” Joe Warzycha, an animal cruelty investigator for the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said. “Now it will be up to the justice system of Rhode Island to make sure they are held accountable.”

According to News10, Juan Gonzalez, 44, his son, Jomar Gonzalez, 22, and Ciara Pabon, 22, were charged with cruelty to animals. Jomar and Pabon were also charged with obstructing officer in execution of duty, as well as conspiracy. They were arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Providence District Court, where Juan Gonzalez pleaded guilty and was given 11 months in jail, with 90 days to serve. Jomar and Pabon have pleaded not guilty. They were released on personal recognizance, but all three were ordered to forfeit ownership of any animals.

As for the Shih Tzu named Treasure, she is reported to be doing very well although the tumor on her stomach is “enormous” states the dog’s foster mom.

“It’s bigger than a deck of cards. It looks like a bunch of grapes has been placed on her abdomen,” Treasure’s foster mom, Kate said. “There’s no way it can be removed. It’s been there for so many years and there’s just not enough skin to be able to close any wounds that would be created for trying to remove it.”

Although her rescuers hope the tumor is benign, this might become a hospice situation. In the meantime, Treasure is being treated to the best foods and receiving the best care – everyone hoping that every minute of the life Treasure has left is one of kindness, nurturing and love.

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(Photos of Treasure with decaying teeth Facebook RISPCA)

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Read Treasure’s previous story here.


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7 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    Glad they were caught. Now check their legal status and if not here legally deport (sorry to just assume by name, but very possible, we have too many legal Americans who harm animals with importing more).
    All three should be forced to pay for the care of this dog. Thank God for loving rescues and fosters who are right there for dogs like this.

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  2. Red says:

    WHY were they released?? They all 3 need to be locked up indefinitely!!! Also, made to pay for the vet bill to repair the damage they did to this poor animal + $10,000 fine!!!

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  3. BA says:

    GOD bless this angel…..glad the 3 piles of feces were caught!!!! Treasure deserves justice and RI better make sure theres no slap on the wrist..these 3 creeps allowed this angel to suffer and suffer…they should be jailed and pay for all her expenses…she is loved and god bless the rescues and foster for giving her the very best…these 3 creeps should never ever be around any animals ever!!! HELLS WAITING YOU TRASH LOSERS…..Prayers for this special angel

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  4. susispot says:

    “Now it will be up to the justice system of Rhode Island to make sure they are held accountable.” Uh…good luck with that. We will not be holding our breath.

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  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    All three of these hunks of maggot shit should be sent off on a leaky raft into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean – three wastes of flesh and bone – this dog was neglected, abused and left to rot by three piss poor examples of human beings – 90 days is a joke – all three should be sitting in jail for at least 3-4 years w/no hope of release until THEY have paid all the vet bills.

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  6. Sheri says:

    ???? ???????? ❗ ❗ 90 freaking days,,????
    LOOK AT THIS POOR SENIOR FURBABY????. Well, judge u just sealed the fate of the next FURBABY!!???? THOSE PUNKS JUST LEARNED THAT A SIMPLE SLAP ON THE HAND,, & THEY WALK FREE!!
    ???? TREASURE MATTERS????
    KARMA COMING FOR THOSE WORTHLESS POS!! ROT IN HELL PUNKS!
    THIS SENSELESS ACT OF PURE ABUSE WILL NOT GO UNNOTICED????
    JUSTICE!! ha!! FOR WHO NOT TREASURE????????????

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