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24 dogs seized at home, rabbits, goats, chickens also found

EXETER, R. I. – animal welfare authorities have seized 24 dogs from Rhode Island home, where they say many were kept outside in cold temperatures just before Christmas.

The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says it confiscated 14 beagles, six Brittany spaniels and four Chihuahuas last week in Exeter.

The group said on Thursday went to the home with the federal police and the Exeter Animal Control and found a number of dogs living in deplorable conditions and the lack of adequate shelter. At the time of the visit, it was 28 degrees (minus 2 degrees Celsius), the wind chill makes it feel much colder.

Group president E. J. Finocchio (fin-OH’-kee-oh) says that they found dead rabbits and live rabbits, goats and chickens on site. He says that the owner will be charged with a crime.

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This story was corrected to show there were six instead of nine, spaniels.

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