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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Read Treasure’s previous story here.