Warwick man facing animal cruelty charges

Gunnar Carlson

By News Staff


The owner of the ten dogs removed from a squalid Warwick home was arrested Tuesday.

Police say 56-year-old Gunnar Carlson was taken into custody on a warrant charging him with ten counts of unnecessary cruelty, for failure to provide adequate living conditions, and ten counts of mistreatment of animals, for failing to provide adequate water.

The dogs, all pit-bull mixes, were removed from the Van Buren Street home and split up for better care. Seven of the dogs are being held at the Warwick Animal Shelter and three remain in the care and custody of the RISPCA. The dogs appear to be in good health.

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."

Carlson is due in court October 1.

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