11 dogs taken from squalid home in Warwick

By News Staff

Reporting by Ana Bottary


Eleven dogs were removed from a home in Warwick after the RISPCA found they were living in squalor.

According to Joe Warzycha of the SPCA, the dogs taken were not malnourished, but were living in squalid conditions in the home on Van Buren Street. He says the home was filled with feces and filthy water bowls.

Two of the eleven dogs, which were all pit bulls, have been taken to the hospital for unspecified injuries.

Neighbors say Gunnar Carlson, the dogs’ owner, lets his dogs roam free in the house while he lives in the shed.

Two complaint/violation signs posted on the front door say it’s unsafe, and it’s unlawful for any person to use or occupy it.

Neighbor, Michael Cipriano, says Carlson is a good guy who just ended up bringing too any dogs into his home, "He’s not a bad guy. He’s not a dog abuser in any way. He treated them dogs good. It’s just the conditions he had to treat them in."

The dogs have been taken to both the Warwick Animal Shelter and the RISPCA.

Warwick Police are assisting the RISPCA in the ongoing investigation.

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