A man who allegedly left three dogs alone in an apartment to die has been apprehended in North Smithfield.
Joseph Miller is accused of leaving three pit bulls in his Bowdoin Street apartment to starve to death in December.
Miller faces 3 felony charges of abandonment, death resulting and three misdemeanors charges of failure to providence necessary sustenance. He could face up to 6 years in prison on the felony charges and $10,000 in fines. On the misdemeanors he faces up to 33 months in prison and fines.
Back in December, people who lived in the apartment building with Miller alerted authorities that something was wrong in Miller's apartment, "Neighbors smelled an unbearable smell and alerted police," said Dr. E.J. Finocchio. When police arrived at the apartment, described by Finocchio as "full of crude," the three dogs were found dead inside.
A necropsy confirmed that the pit bulls were starved to death over time.
"They were in terrible condition. Two of them we estimate had been dead 2 to 3 days," said Finocchio. "In their stomach we found, wood, we found plastic, we found glass, and plastic material. Dogs don't eat those things unless they are in desperate situations."