Former Bonniedale Farm owner arraigned on animal cruelty charges

By: Amanda Pitts


WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – The former owner of Bonniedale Farm appeared before a judge Wednesday on multiple animal cruelty charges.

Dan MacKenzie was arraigned in Kent County Court on two counts of mistreatment of animals and two counts of unnecessary cruelty to animals. 

MacKenzie was arrested two weeks ago after the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was alerted that two pigs weren’t receiving proper food and shelter at a property in Scituate.

The RISPCA said temperatures that week were below freezing, and the pigs were found in an outdoor shelter without food or water. 

They also said MacKenzie had been feeding them only donuts and bagels.

The pigs were hypothermic and were found to have had skin and eye infections.

This isn’t MacKenzie’s first run-in with trouble.

Nearly ten years ago, Mackenzie’s Bonniedale Farm property in Glocester was foreclosed on. He left over 100 animals there without proper care. 

Then, in 2013, Mackenzie was charged with neglecting a horse. He was found not guilty. A week later, there was another complaint against him for neglecting a pig.

In court Wednesday, MacKenzie refused to answer questions but did say he believes the RISPCA is out to get him and also said the pigs were not his.

MacKenzie was released on $5,000 personal recognizance and is due back in court April 10.

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