Police: Dog found abused at car wash involved in 2018 animal cruelty case with same owner

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Three people have been charged after a dog was found suffering from a severe skin infection outside of a car wash in East Providence.

According to East Providence Animal Control, the Bully/Pit mix named “Primo” was found by a Good Samaritan on August 25 inside a kennel outside of Sunset Auto Spa on Taunton Avenue.

“We had gotten a call about a dog that wasn’t doing well outside in the heat, it was in the middle of the heatwave we had then. It was about 90 degrees out the time that we went there,” said East Providence Animal Control Officer William Muggle. “The dog was seemingly having difficulty breathing. I saw that the dog had a pretty severe skin infection.”

Muggle took the dog to animal control where he’s been receiving medical care from a veterinarian.

“His eyes were extremely irritated from just the skin infection around the eyes, so he had a lot of fur loss. Behind his ears was devoid of fur, almost looks like leather because it had been such a longstanding illness,” Muggle added.

According to police, Kayla Card and William Pagliarini left the dog at the car wash to be cared for by one of the employees, Scott Corbin, while the two were away.

But Muggle said the dog had been suffering from a severe skin infection for months.

On Monday, Card, Pagliarini, and Corbin were charged with the following:

  • Mistreatment of animals
  • Unnecessary cruelty to animals
  • Dog outside when the ambient temperature too hot/too cold
  • Owner/keeper fails to provide dog adequate veterinary care

This isn’t Card’s first animal cruelty charge. She was charged back in 2018 after what police allege she was doing at the same car wash.

“She had a litter of puppies there that we were aware of. She was, at the time, opening up a dog grooming salon it seemed and we were made aware of the puppies having their ears cropped, and it was alleged their ears were being cropped in the garage by a non-veterinarian doing it on the premises there,” Muggle said.

One of the puppies from that case was Primo.

“Unfortunately there was no restrictions placed on her getting dogs, if anything, she got her dogs at the end of that case returned to her. (Primo) was one of the dogs involved in that.”

The RISPCA spoke out at the time after a judge ruled Card could regain ownership of the dogs.

He’s on the mend, but where his future home will be is uncertain.

“He’s improving, which is great, his skin looks a lot better. When we first got him to the vet he just had basically scabs all over him, his skin was severely infected. We hope he’ll be up for adoption but right now we’re not sure. It’s gonna be up to the courts.”

All three charged pled not guilty in court Monday and will be back in court next Wednesday.

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