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EXETER, R.I. (WLNE) – Rhode Island State Police arrested an Exeter man in connection to an animal cruelty case that took place on December 22nd. 

Police say they arrested and charged Carlos Alves, 59, Thursday night with mistreatment and cruelty to animals. 

Alves was arraigned at the Hope Valley Barracks and released pending a future court appearance in Fourth District Court.

The Rhode Island SPCA told ABC6 News Thursday that on Friday December 22nd, they along with the Rhode Island State Police and Exeter Animal Control conducted an investigation that resulted in the seizure of 24 dogs from a home in Exeter.

An initial complaint received by the RISPCA alleged there were numerous dogs secured outdoors on the property without access to adequate shelter.

Upon arrival and subsequent investigation the RISPCA representatives found several of the dogs on the property to be lacking appropriate shelter to protect them from winter conditions.

Additionally, several of the dogs were found to be living in unsanitary conditions.

“Unfortunately we have two little puppies who were seized from a home in Exeter over the weekend from a menagerie. About 30 of them, all poorly cared for and these two are some of the 5 beagle puppies we seized. These dogs are in good shape. Its just the conditions were deplorable,” said Dr. E.J. Finocchio of the RISPCA.

The RISPCA took custody of 14 Beagles, 9 Brittany Spaniels, and 4 Chihuahuas. Exeter Animal Control and the Potter League for Animals assisted with the relocation of the animals.

15 of the dogs are currently being housed at the RISPCA, and 9 are being housed at the Potter League.

“A lot of these enclosures dogs were found in were unsanitary, there was accumulated feces. How he found himself in that situation I really don’t know. I think he just accumulated more animals than he was capable of caring for,” said Joe Warzycha of the RISPCA

In addition, State Police told ABC6 that more than 100 different animals were found in the property. Aside from the 24 dogs, approximately 40 ducks, chickens, and roosters and 40 rabbits and 10 goats were removed from the home.

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