Woonsocket man facing animal cruelty charges after dog found tied up in summer heat

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Courtesy Woonsocket Police Department

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) – A Woonsocket man is facing animal cruelty charges after a dog was found tied to a tree near train tracks in sweltering heat.

According to the Woonsocket Police Department, a K9 officer received a call about an abandoned dog on Friday, August 27. The officer found a grey and white pitbull tied up near train tracks off Arnold St.

Police say the dog had reportedly been there for about an hour in 93-degree heat.

The officer was able to free him from the tree, and it was transported to the Woonsocket Animal Control shelter. The dog was able to get water and other treatment.

The dog’s owner was identified as Melvin Shaw, 41, of Woonsocket.

Shaw is charged with animal cruelty, a felony, and obstructing an officer. His bail is set at $2,500, and he must turn over all domestic animals in his possession.

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