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WPD Charges Wandering Dogs’ Owners With Animal Cruelty

[CREDIT: Warwick Post, original images/WPD] Warwick Police arrested Andrew Sanville, left, and Amanda Bray, charging them with animal cruelty and abandonment in connection with their care of several cats and dogs including the black-furred wandering dogs thought to be dog- wolf hybrids.
[CREDIT: Warwick Post, original images/WPD] Warwick Police arrested Andrew Sanville, left, and Amanda Bray, charging them with animal cruelty and abandonment in connection with their care of several cats and dogs including the black-furred wandering dogs thought to be dog- wolf hybrids.
[CREDIT: Warwick Post, original images/WPD] Warwick Police arrested Andrew Sanville, left, and Amanda Bray, charging them with animal cruelty and abandonment in connection with their care of several cats and dogs including the black-furred wandering dogs thought to be dog- wolf hybrids.
WARWICK, RI — Warwick Police and the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RI-SPCA) members seized two dogs and 13 cats at 429 Seaview Ave. Thursday at 10:15 a.m., arresting two people for mistreating the pets as well as mistreating two other famous wandering black pooches.

WPD and animal control officers and the RISPCA began by executing a search warrant at 56 Powhatan St. to investigate possible acts of animal cruelty involving multiple cats and dogs, according to a statement on the search, seizures and arrests issued this evening. When they arrived, officials found the animals had been relocated by their owners sometime overnight. The residence was in deplorable condition, and was condemned by the City of Warwick Minimum Housing.

Officials were able to track down the relocated animals at 429 Seaview Ave. in Warwick. There, officials found and relocated two dogs and 13 cats to the Warwick Animal Shelter.

Officials were also able to locate the two black-furred wandering dogs, thought to be possible wolf hybrids, capturing them safely, and transferred those animals to the Warwick Animal Shelter as well. According to Warwick Police, the original owner of the black-furred wandering dogs contacted police to tell them the animals may be dog- wolf hybrids.

Amanda Bray and Andrew Sanville were taken into custody and each were charged with the following:

  • 1 Count Animal Cruelty (RIGL: 4-1-3)
  • 1 Count Care of Dogs (RIGL: 4-13-42)
  • 1 Count Compulsory Rabies Vaccination (RIGL: 4-13-31)
  • 2 Counts Abandonment of Animals (RIGL: 4-1-26)

Amanda Bray will be brought before a Bail Commissioner and released on Personal Recognizance with a Third District Court date of May 9, 2023. Andrew Sanville was held as a probation violator and will be transported to Third District Court on April 21, 2023.

“As I’m sure that many of you have heard by now, the two dogs/wolves/coyotes or whatever they are were captured in Oakland Beach. Warwick Animal Control Officers, with the assistance of the SPCA and ACOs from several other cities were able to tranquilize the dogs,’ Mayor Frank Picozzi wrote on Facebook Thursday afternoon.

The dogs are now at the Warwick Animal Shelter. They are comfortable and well and are being cared for. The dogs will have DNA tests to determine if they are a hybrid breed. The Animal Shelter is working with several national agencies that specialize in these situations. They will assist us with the testing and handle placement if needed. The dogs are safe and being well treated and cared for.
This has been a strange and unusual situation that played out the last few days but it has resulted in the best possible outcome- no one was hurt and these two magnificent animals are safe and sound.”
Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at [email protected] with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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